- Posted October 26, 2012 by
Flight of the Cranes
Every Autumn, as temperatures fall and the onset of winter becomes inevitable, thousands of cranes, among other migratory birds, present themselves in spectacular fashion in the skies above.
Wings spread wide and feet in straight line with their long necks and beaks, cranes take off at speeds of between 40-80kph at heights of 200m-1500m from their breeding grounds in Northern Europe to make their way southwards to warmer regions in Spain and surrounding countries where they can find food and warmer homes for themselves and their young.
You can hear the cranes call loudly as if the leader and the flock are in communication with each other. As you watch them fly overhead they form amazing patterns against the backdrop of the open-skies, flying tirelessly through nights and days until they arrive at their over-winter homes.
I must have heard and seen at least a thousand cranes flying overhead just today. Quite fascinating indeed.