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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #69: Seeing double

This week it’s Tina‘s turn and she asked for doubles.

Here I have 2 common cranes about to land. I took this image 3 weeks ago.

It’s fall and the cranes are coming together after the first part of their trip south. Thousands of them meet in this region near the baltic sea to feed themselves and prepare for the second part of the fall migration to the south of France and southern Spain where they stay during winter.

This is probably a couple. Cranes live in a lifelong partnership. Despite this fact, they have specific courtship behavior: a courtship dance. While there is no specific difference in the appearance, you can’t decide well between males and females. You can only distinguish between males and females when they stand near each other: the female is slightly smaller.

Take care!

8 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #69: Seeing double”

  1. What a beautiful image – they are so graceful aren’t they? I’d love to photograph them one day. Thanks for joining us Andre

    1. Thanks, Tina. Yes, I love seeing them. Flying over our house trumpeting while migrating south or back north, or seeing them over there while their rest. Their movement is so elegant and the bridal dance is so graceful. The bridal dance of the different cranes inspired many native people to imitate them. Most famous in this are the Red-crowned cranes in Japan.
      For me, they are a symbol for fall, when migrating south and a symbol for spring when they are coming back.

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