Cranes on snow at Hornborgasjön

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Snow fell on Good Friday on the 22 000 cranes resting at the lake, on their way north. In winter they stay in Spain, and in mid/end March they come here and stay some time before flying futher north. Earlier they stayed here because of potatoes left in the ground from the potato fields (used for producing the alcoholic drink "snaps"), but now grain is spread by human beings each night. In the night they stay in the lake, for shelter, but in the morning they leave the lake and come closer. They have also a dancing procedure. It is very impressive to see.

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BOGDAN de Varsovie on June 26, 2012

Niesamowity widok. Wspaniałe zdjęcie. LIKE 12

Rosa Lob on June 26, 2012

Bonita foto, saludos

matsljungberg on June 28, 2012

Dziękuję za bardzo przyjaznych komentarzy i like, Bogdan. Pozdrowienia ze Szwecji, Mats.

matsljungberg on June 29, 2012

Muchas gracias Rosa Lob por sus comentarios amigos. Saludos desde Suecia, Mats.

Amelia Royan on July 3, 2012

Thank you so much for showing us this beautiful photo from Sweden Mats. I was very interested in your information, so I looked up the crane dance, and indeed it is wonderful! :)))

Beste hilsener til Sverige, Amelia

matsljungberg on July 4, 2012

Thank you very much Amelia for your kind comments. The dance of cranes is very special, and it is a lot of "noice". This year was special, since it came snow the day before we were there. Thanks for your link. It shows some dancing at the end. The lake of cranes also shows the dancing. Hälsningar, Mats.

bluenose11 on July 6, 2012

Hi matsljungberg, Wow... just wonderful. So many cranes. LIKE*

Greetings from Toronto


matsljungberg on July 6, 2012

Thank you Anna for your very kind comments and like. Greetings from Sweden, and from the cranes. Mats.

Gabriel Avramovici on February 3, 2013

Wow, amazing shot!Like

HAMANA on May 18, 2013

Such a beautiful sight! I am a bird lover and appreciate photos like this very much.

Greetings from Michigan,


matsljungberg on May 19, 2013

Thank you gabiavram for your kind comments and like. Sorry I missed your comments. Greetings, Mats.

matsljungberg on May 19, 2013

Thank you Doerthe for your very kind comments and like. This is a mighty experience with all those cranes (normally not on snow). Greetings from Sweden, Mats.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 20, 2012
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    by matsljungberg
    • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    • Taken on 2012/04/07 09:02:01
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 120.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash