Thursday 28 February 2013 was our first full day at Lac du Der in France.
My apologies that you have had to wait in vain so long for the photos from France. Sorting out the many pictures took longer than I had over-optimistically expected.
Later in the morning, a kestrel on a tree.
Two cranes feeding on a field.
Two mistle thrushes.
This has at least three aims: 1. Preventing damage to other farms by cranes which, late during their spring migration, may eat not just last year’s waste grain, but also spring sowing seed. 2. Giving birdwatching ecotourists a chance to see big flocks of cranes, not only when they go to their Lac du Der sleeping spots late in the afternoon or wake up early in the morning, but also during the rest of the day. 3. To lure birdwatchers away from cranes feeding on other fields, as the birds are shy and easily disturbed.
The two hides on this picture, close to the feeding cranes, are reserved for photographers renting them for a whole day.
A male and two female bullfinches.
A male pheasant.
Yet more beautiful cranes.
Our bus continues.
- To the cranes in France (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- French cranes and sea eagle, first morning (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Crane migration in France (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Marsh tits, parakeets, starlings and sanderlings (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- French short-eared owl, ghosts and cranes (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Saving English woodland birds (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Bird Table Blizzard (mucktwineandthinker.wordpress.com)
- What a flight! Stunning pictures capture flock of graceful cranes as they take a break on Israeli lake during gruelling journey to Africa (dailymail.co.uk)
- CON: Expert vouches for longtime method of counting whooping cranes (victoriaadvocate.com)
- 27 January 2012 (cotswoldwaterpark.wordpress.com)