dancing cranes


More Info: The Eurasian cranes come to Pulken Nature Reserve, a part of Vattenriket every year, towards the end of March and remain for a couple of weeks. Thousands of cranes stop to have a break on their long journey from southern Europe to their breeding locations in northern Sweden.

The cranes are fed daily in order to prevent the birds damaging the nearby fields which are sown with spring barley.

Eurasian Cranes, have mostly light grey plumage but the head, upper neck, wing tips and rear edges of the wings are dark grey. There is a broad white stripe running from the back of the eye down the neck and a red patch on top of the head. The legs are grey and the beak is a yellowish-brown.

When nesting, Eurasian cranes "paint" their bodies with mud or decaying vegetation, apparently with the aim of blending in to their nesting environment. The nest is either in or very near shallow water, often with dense shore vegetation nearby. The cranes lay eggs in May, with a clutch containing 2 eggs, rarely, 3 or 4. The incubation period is around 30 days and is carried out mainly by the female but occasionally by both parents.