Hornborgasjön Crane birdwatching

Cranes and other species in lake Hornborga wetlands
Cranes and other species in lake Hornborga wetlands

Hornborgasjön (Lake Hornborga) lies between the large lakes of Vänern and Vättern in the South of Sweden and less than 10 km north of the town of Falköping. It is one of Sweden’s largest lakes, covering about 35 sq km and is home to about 50 wetland bird species.

Lake Hornborga and surrounding wetlands full of Cranes

Lake Hornborga and surrounding wetlands full of Cranes

The flocks of Cranes start coming to this lake around mid-march every year, to feed and mate in these shallow waters. This means that around Easter time, lots of birdwatchers from Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark head here to watch this nature’s true wonder.

Cranes around lake Hornborga wetlands

Cranes around lake Hornborga wetlands

The cranes stay at the Hornborgasjön  for several weeks before flying on to northern Sweden and Finland for the summer. About 14,000 cranes have been spotted at this time in the lake.

Cranes 'dancing' and other species in lake Hornborga wetlands

Cranes ‘dancing’ and other species in lake Hornborga wetlands

Normally these birds always stay in couple and you can see them do a ‘dance’ move which apparently enhances their lifelong relationship. During this ‘dance’ you can see the birds open their wings wide while they bow down and go in circles around each other.

The lake is one of Europe’s most important wetland reserves – covers about 35 sq km (13.5 sq miles) and is home to about 50 wetland bird species.

The cranes spend the winter in the south of Spain and Morocco.

Two cranes landing

Two cranes landing

More information on how to get there and what you can do; can be found in the websites below:

http://www.vastsverige.com/sv/falkoping/products/79429/Trandansen-vid-Hornborgasjon/

http://projektwebbar.lansstyrelsen.se/hornborga/Sv/Pages/default.aspx

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