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Old Oct 10, 2009, 8:10 AM   #1
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Yesterday was that special day when the cranes leave for their winter quarters in Egypt and Sudan. It's a bit sad, tellning you that summer is definitely over, but also solemn and majestic. And next year they'll be back!

#1 Approaching from north.

#2 Circulating over a thermal column to gain height

#3 Regrouping and heading south

Shot with K20D and F*300mm @f6.3

Myself I'm heading south for Colombia in a few days, but unfortunately I have to return to the winter climate in just two weeks.

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Old Oct 10, 2009, 10:51 AM   #2
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Spectacular. Sights like this always make me wonder (since these and other birds fly across the Mediterranean, and there were many more then) how Aristotle could have failed to recognize migration - he thought birds simply changed form from season to season, and coined his "theory" (it doesn't qualify for that name) of Transmutation of Species. It wasn't until Frederick the Great of Hohenzollern, Emperor of the HRE (and the first published Ornithologist) proved that birds migrate by sending an expedition to the far North to find the breeding grounds of the Barnacle Goose. Go figure.
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Wonderful shots of one of nature's marvels.

We are seeing the migration taking place here. Last week I photographed 22 egrets on their southward migration.

Enjoy your time in Colombia and bring back some pictures for us.

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Yesterday was that special day when the cranes leave for their winter quarters in Egypt and Sudan. It's a bit sad, tellning you that summer is definitely over, but also solemn and majestic. And next year they'll be back!

#1 Approaching from north.

#2 Circulating over a thermal column to gain height

#3 Regrouping and heading south

Shot with K20D and F*300mm @f6.3

Myself I'm heading south for Colombia in a few days, but unfortunately I have to return to the winter climate in just two weeks.

Thanks for looking

Kjell
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Nice formation of migrating birds.
From Sweden to Columbia and back again. Quite a bit of weather /environment change indeed. Envy you for the chance to travel

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Great series of shots, Kjell. Enjoy your Columbia trip.

Penolta, I was not aware that Frederic the Great was the first published ornithologist... definitely an "interesting" figure.

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Wow, fantastic, so many and yes have a fun safe trip.

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Penolta, I was not aware that Frederic the Great was the first published ornithologist... definitely an "interesting" figure.

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He, like many of his fellow aristocrats, was an accomplished falconer. His monumental volume, de Arte Venandi cum Avibus (the Art of Falconry) is considered to be the first textbook of Ornithology. The title is misleading, in that its content is much broader, but among many of those educated enough to read books (written in Latin, as was the custom) and wealthy enough to afford them at the time, that sport was their principal interest in birds, and it was written with them in mind!
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Nice have any one ever thought that hey might have a way to show their own show of art in some formation in flight... it looks like a flag in one ... I have seeen birds up here in Washington that made what seemed to look like a mans torso once as I was watching them hey we are all smart in our own right one of Gods little secrets in life here on Earth
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Great shots, Kjell!
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So, was I the only one who saw the subject and wondered where Kjell was off to? I was? OK!

Really interesting shots. They must have been quite high bearing in mind that you were using the 300mm. Which is not he easiest of lenses to point straight upwards.

Have a good, and safe, trip to Colombia.
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