19 900 Cranes @ Hornborgasjön 29/3-2013

Eurasian Cranes (Grus grus) in the blue hour

Eurasian Cranes (Grus grus) in the blue hour

I got up at 3.30 AM and drove a borrowed old Volvo home to Erland in Helsingborg, where we shifted car and then went to pick up Johnny in Markaryd. Erland and Johnny are friends that share the interest for nature photography and they are also members in PhotoNatura. We spent the day at Hornborgasjön to see the migrating Cranes.

Mating Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Mating Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

The sun shone from a clear blue sky and no wind. We started the early morning at the Nature Room on the east side of the lake with grebes and gulls. Then a turn to Ytterberg where we took a couple of sandwiches and just hang out in the sun – Still no wind and over 20 degrees but very little activity as well.

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) chasing a Northern Raven (Corvus corax) with stolen egg

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) chasing a Northern Raven (Corvus corax) with stolen egg

Reflecting Cranes (Grus grus)

Reflecting Cranes (Grus grus)

We then decided to go to ”Trandansen” and the hordes of people and cranes. There were 19,900 Cranes (Grus grus), which so far is the highest number this year. I have a hard time understanding how the calculation of the birds are done but I suppose there is a great scheme in place! I experimented with slow shutter speeds and double exposures. It is difficult to vary the pictures and there are many photographers on location. We are probably all getting home with similar images – a crane against a blue sky does not feel like you can get any further with…

Sunset Crane (Grus grus)

Sunset Crane (Grus grus)

Sea of Cranes (Grus grus)

Sea of Cranes (Grus grus)

Overflight - Cranes (Grus grus)

Overflight – Cranes (Grus grus)

It is two years since I last was in a hide up here but it’s a completely different experience than standing among hundreds of other visitors as we did today. There is something special when you lie all night and listen to all the birds at the lake. Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) and ducks that sing and churn. At sunrise the cranes will fly in to the shores of the lake and a frenetic activity begins right outside the hide. It’s close enough for using fisheye lenses and the huge amount of birds makes it a unique event – I miss that and despite I promised myself never to do it again I think I will get here and sit in a hide next year.

Golden Crane (Grus grus)

Golden Crane (Grus grus)

Dancing in the last rays of light - Cranes (Grus grus)

Dancing in the last rays of light – Cranes (Grus grus)

2 Responses to “19 900 Cranes @ Hornborgasjön 29/3-2013”

  1. Hasse Andersson skriver:

    Hejsan Ola!
    Har nyss tittat på dina tranbilder. Härliga färger och intressant effekt med oskärpan. Snyggt jobbat!

    //Hasse

  2. Ola skriver:

    Tusen tack Hasse!
    – kul att testa med lååånga tider i kombination med dubbelexponering. Får se vart det leder…
    Vi hörs
    Ola

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