The swan lake

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I am not a bird photographer, but as a nature lover I certainly wanted to participate when a photography group I have joined went to the southern part of Sweden to welcome the cranes migrating back to Scandinavia. They will also come to my village, together with a lot of Whopper Swans. It was very nice to see all these birds who are resting at the lake of Hornborgasjön before flying into the Scaninavian wilderness to nest.

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71 thoughts on “The swan lake

  1. How lucky to visit Sweden and see these birds in large numbers, Bente.
    Your photos are lovely (despite you saying you’re not a bird photographer).
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was a great experiemce, Vicki. I have heard about this lake were the migratring birds rest going north, but never been there. it is almost 900 km drive, each way. Worth it, absolutely. Thanks.

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  2. Thanks for the photos, coming from one who is a birder and has only been to England to view european species. I, for one would be pleased to see more photos if you take them. Whooper Swans are one of my favorites!

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    1. You are a birder too, Ancientfoods, that is impressive (too)! I hope to post more photos if I get the time, but probably more of the cranes then. There are some more to be seen on: http://www.bentehaarstad.no. Whooper swans are fantastic (like the cranes), both species are arriving in my village area now, but try to get near them…

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    1. There were thousand of cranes doing their mating dance by this lake, Anneli. It was such an experience. There are a lot of cranes in my neighboorhood during spring and summer (arriving now), but it is impossible going near them, too shy. Thanks.

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    1. Don’t have these incredible long and expencive lenses that a bird photographer should have, Susan, but who cares. it was an incredible experience and I tried to bring some of it home. And to pass it on. Thanks a lot, and by the way; it is she…

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      1. Who cares is right! I know what you mean about those lenses, too. You brought us very much up close to the experience with your fine eye and the equipment on hand.

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  3. These are lovely photos! Here on the West Coast of Scotland we are saying goodbye to our Whooper Swans. They will return to Iceland and Greenland any day now. It is rather sad to see them heading north – but we eagerly await the swallows and cuckoos.

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    1. Hard to track down, tell me about it. Because after southern Sweden they fly north, and it is 117 cranes in my village now, accordin to one expert. They rest in the village while they wait for the snow to melt in the mountains, and I have tried to track them down here before. No chance, have to go to Hornborgasjön.

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  4. Looks very exciting shooting location !
    I never be good sitting and waiting (for bird photography) = rather like to walk and encounter.
    Hence, I chose botanical photography of which the subject has no leg or wing (to run away). 😀

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    1. Hahaha, now I know why I usually chose botanical photography too, which I really do. My only chance to get a bird in my lens is to go to a place were there are more than 20.000 of them, in one field. Which I did. Thanks, Yoshizen.

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  5. These are great! Not only are they excellent captures of the physical forms of the birds, look how you have captured their expressions and personality!

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    1. My plan is to do a post about the cranes too. Yes, I know the spend the winter i Spain. Then they rest in Sweden, and then the come to my village. Some of them. It is an impressive bird with an impressive migration. Thanks, Antonio.

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