The common Cranes is gathering
Every year the spring arrives with the Cranes at Lake Hornborga. It is a happening and there are people travelling there from all over Europe.
I took the car and headed out with another mission in my head last Saturday, but as the fog lifted I decided to head over to Lake Hornborga and see what happened there. When I was there in January one person spoke about “Utloppet” at LAke Hornborga so that would be my first goal when I arrived there.
I dropped the speed as soon as I turned onto the gravel road heading out to “Utloppet.” It was a nice relaxing 4km. When I got out of the car I felt that the grey morning had turned into a beautiful spring day. “Utloppet” was really beautiful and sparkling with life. From here one could see a big part of the lake. There were some people here, some with fold-out chairs just sitting enjoying the warmth of the sun. I thought they must be doing something right so I took lunch here and just enjoyed the weather.
I also meet a Norwegian man here and asked about the Island of Runde and the Puffin colonies there but he actually hadn´t been there. He felt ashamed when he said that and in the next sentence told me that he´d been to Amazonas eight times. It seems like the grass always is greener on the other side.
I stayed here taking photos of a Eurasian Coot before I decided to go to the Cranes. The Norwegian had told me that there where many people there and that is just what one can expect the first Crane weekend.
The count for the day was 5100 cranes and they do sound a lot. Unfortunately this makes it hard to take any photos of their mating display so instead I focused on flight pictures. I tried to use different backgrounds like the lake, forest or just the sky to see what separates them. I can´t say that I feel that any one of them are better, technically, but I like this one the best as a photo.
Please enjoy the pictures, not all of them are from Lake Hornborga but they are all from the same trip.