Let's do the Crane dance!- A visit to Hornborgsjön bird lake
|The view from the entrance to the lake. There were quite a few caravans and mobile homes in the carpark. Serious birdwatchers.|
|Whooper swans out front of the thousands of cranes.|
Here's a beautiful tube video by Ola Klafstad of the cranes dancing.
|Bird watching from the area around the Trandansen.|
|You really need a strong zoom on your camera to get good close ups of the birds but it's a spectacular vista.|
- In the past Sweden had a Crane's Day (Tranedagen) on the 25th March. Various traditions were started on Crane's day such as locking away all your oil lamps as it's getting lighter at bedtime. Another is running barefoot in the snow to increase good health. Sounds good.
- The crane has long been recognised as a symbol of spring as well as happiness, prosperity and long life.
- One of the areas the European Crane breeds is in Sweden. It returns (from mainly Spain, France, Germany though the information about this varies according to sources) to Sweden in March where it gathers at Trandansen at the southern edge of Lake Hornborga between March and April which is one of its resting stops along the way to their breeding territory. Lake Hornborga is where a large part of Sweden's cranes come to eat grains, rest, find a suitable partner and dance.
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Fraser's Birding blog about Hornborgsjön: Fantastic photos
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