Each year, around spring time, we are privileged to be home to a breeding pair of Blue Cranes. They roost in the top field after the wheat has been harvested, and over the years have always hatched two chicks each season. As the spring and summer months go by, I often get a glimpse of the chicks from our gravel road, and, considering that they are listed as “vulnerable” with the South African experience a deep sense of pleasure and delight in watching them grow up. This evening, while walking the dogs, I was fortunate to sight our Blue Crane family again. The chicks are almost the same size as their parents now, and quite literally beginning to spread their wings and “hop” across the field, learning to fly. With autumn on our doorstep, it won’t be long until the family take flight, and head for the lower altitude areas of South Africa for the winter months, but I’m certain that they will be back again next spring.