The dancing cranes of West Sweden – a bucket list wildlife spectacle

Every spring Lake Hornborga hosts a vast, noisy gathering of the migrating birds, drawing spectators from across the world

The throng stretches out on either side of me: a shifting, bickering thousands-strong multitude spread around the lakeside, jostling for space and filling the air with sound. It is a breathtaking sight, a cacophonous celebration of life on a spectacular scale.

While rural south-west Sweden is the kind of place one might visit in order to avoid the crowds, it is the masses that I have come to witness: the vast congregation of cranes that gather every year on the banks of Lake Hornborga during their long migration to rest and feed.

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