HORNBORGASJöEN / by Asgeir Helgestad

Every year the Scandinavian cranes drop down at Hornborgasjöen in Sweeden on their way from the winter-location in Spain, to the hatching grounds in Norway and Sweden. Fifteen years ago, I saw about 7,500 cranes at their peak in mid-April. This year the peak reached 23,000 cranes on the 3rd of April, which has only been beaten with 26,000 birds two years ago. From being a quite rare bird found in remote areas in the mountains and in Lapland, they now appear more and more in the south of Norway as well, and can often be seen on farm land looking to eat frogs and insects.  All photos are grabs by Red Epic.