Capturing the flight of the cranes across France

AT this time of year people living in France roughly from the north east corner to the south west will spot a real wonder of nature.

The migratory route of the crane (la grue) from northern Europe to Spain sees the birds cross over France, and the massive flocks high in the sky are a real sight to see.

It is estimated that there are around 160,000 birds in the west of Europe and when migrating they fly at an altitude of between 200m and 1km.

For more details take a look at the European Crane Working Group.

By Craig McGinty

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  1. I have heard them but not seen them so far this Autumn.
    I was lucky enough to see a small group just 50 yards from me sitting (resting?) on the ground in the Spring = about 300 metres from my house.
    I unfortunately didn’t have my camera and almost cried when they took off and spiralled just 50 feet above my head as they gained height.

  2. So the cranes are flying. We see and hear long skeins of them in our little hamlet every year and the sound of their cries and wingbeats are an emotionally charged phenomenon which all of us stop and marvel at. It means that autumn is here and the chestnuts are probably ready to be gathered, skinned and frozen for Christmas and New Year. The predictability of life in La France Profonde is a comforting thing. It’s what we’re here for.

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