Common Cranes over Brandenburg

KranichMigration of the Common Crane (Grus grus) has started. Thousands of these birds, also known as “birds of luck”, can currently be observed in Brandenburg on their way to the southern wintering sites under distinctive and loud trumpet calls. The unforgettable nature experience is offered in September and October every year. With their legendary trumpet calls, thousands of Common Cranes fly in the blue sky, circling in the thermal, fly to their resting sites in Brandenburg. All of this is done to prepare for the long onward flight tot he south. During the day, the birds can mainly be observed on the feeding areas on harvested corn fields. But the evening flight to the rest areas is particularly impressive.

The loud trumpet calls make the heads of visitors and residents of Brandenburg go up by themselves. The Common Crane breeds in good numbers in Brandenburg. But so far not in western Germany. The Common Crane is a pure migrant there. Now the migration has started via Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse towards their wintering quarters in southern France and Spain.

These fascinating birds can be observed very nicely in the post-mining landscape of the Luckau region. The Cranes are increasingly conquering the former open-cast mining area around Schlabendorf in the Heinz Sielmann natural landscape of Wanninchen. Many geese and up to 7,000 cranes spend the night in the newly created wetlands and open pit lakes. They can be easily observed from the shelters along the bank of the lake. There are also observation sites in Linum in the Rhin-Havelluch and in the Lower Oder Valley National Park.

When observing the migratory activity of Cranes, other migratory birds can be observed as well. was able to observe a young Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) flying elegantly low over a field during migration observation in the Eifel at the edge of the Zülpicher Börde. Other migratory observations are possible now as well, among others Song Thrushes (Turdus philomelos) and Mistle Thrushes (Turdus viscivorus). Striking are the many Eurasian Skylarks (Alauda arvensis), which call their typical contact sounds in flight.

In order to meet the growing demand for top images of the rarer species of Palaearctic has specifically made trips to remote places. Additionally every chance is used, if a rare bird is around the homeground. This to do everything to ensure excellent photos of the Birds of the Western Palearctic . The yield of pictures also of rare Western Palaearctic birds is very good. There are other nice images of birds, that you will find behind the tab “Picture Shop“. Just give a notice if you need a picture of a bird which is not online.

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