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Cranes at Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. Winter 21-22

8 January 2022 Cranes (Grus grus) arrive at the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra in mid-October and leave at the end of February. These beautiful long-legged birds, whose trumpeting can be heard more than a kilometer away, fly high and with great elegance. Cranes at Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. Winter 21-22
Photo. Cranes at the lake. Winter 2021-2022

Every year thousands of cranes from northern Europe fly south to spend the winter. Every autumn between 1.500 and 2.000 cranes arrive at Fuente de Piedra, and in spring they fly back to the north of the continent. Cranes fly in "V" shaped flocks.

These birds are found in the fields around the lake, eating in the cereal fields (young shoots, snails, insects ...) and at noon and at night they enter the lagoon to rest.

Cranes are one of the largest birds in Europe, gray in color and on the tips of the wings black, on their necks and heads black, white and red. Adults can measure 1.20 m in height and weigh 6 kg, their bones are very light to be able to fly. They sleep standing on one leg and place the other next to their body, thereby keeping the blood in the area warmer and keeping it warm.

Cranes flying
Photo. Cranes flying. Winter 2021-2022
Group of cranes
Photo. Group of cranes. Winter 2021-2022

Cranes are usually in family. The chick is usually differentiated from the others because it is shorter and its color is greenish-gray without the colors of the adults on the head.

Lately we are observing that crane couples bring only one chick and others none, when they normally lay two eggs.

Adult cranes and young crane
Photo. Adult cranes and young crane. Winter 2021-2022
Group of cranes and flamingos at the lake
Photo. Group of cranes and flamingos at the lake. Winter 2021-2022

If you want to enjoy these beautiful birds and learn more about them, come to the Fuente de Piedra Lake with one of our guided tours. In addition to the cranes, now you can also see flamingos and other birds. With the expected rainfall from now on, the birds will begin to come in greater numbers to the lake.

Below you will find the links to all the guided tours that we organize at this time, where you can find more information and book a visit. Also, we have special prices for groups and personalized tours.

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