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The majority of the Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) are hatching in Scandinavia and parts of Russia, and the Scandinavian hatchers spend the winter in southern France and Spain. Smart birds…

Four of them were visiting a field near me the other day, and I was lucky to get a few shots of them! Mama, papa and two young birds, and the juveniles are already almost the same size as the parents. The Eurasian crane is a large bird - standing up to 130 cm, with a wingspan of 240 cm and weighing up to 6 kg.

They came by last year too, possibly the same adult birds but then they stayed for a few days. Unfortunately not so this time, as they left after a few minutes in the afternoon. But opposite to last year they brought the youngsters this time! The crane lays only two eggs so this year the hatching was 100% successful…

For your information, the juvenile is the all grey one!

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9910 W: 315 N: 14460] (53744)
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