Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Cranes migrate South diagonally over Creuse, Central France.

Cranes fly South diagonally over Creuse in central France towards Aquitaine.  They are flying to Southern Spain and Portugal.

Cranes (gruidae) are large, long-legged,  long-necked birds. They fly with their necks outstretched, and live on all continents except Antarctica and South America. They eat a range of items and are opportunistic feeders, sometimes insects, fish, small rodents, amphibians, various plants, acorns, grains and berries. Only certain cranes migrate travelling thousands of miles each year from their breeding sites. They have a wide vocabulary of specialised calls, flying in an echelon (arrow format) at speeds of up to 50 mph. Thousands of Common cranes fly South from Scandinavia  spending time at two Northern French lakes, Der-Chantecoq and La Champagne. They cross France diagonally via Nievre flying toward Aquitaine then cross the Pyrenees toward Southern Spain or Portugal.  In the photographs above cranes are flying over Creuse. I have seen many thousands of cranes this year and feel very lucky to live on the crane flight path.

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