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 Post subject: Dancing cranes
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:24 pm 
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Swedish cranes return to wetlands for annual dance
From my Telus (Canada)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - They dance, heads held high, leap into the air and toss sticks excitedly, all the while trumpeting ecstatically.

Every April as many as 10,000 cranes touch down in the wetlands of Lake Hornborga in central Sweden, to recharge on their way home to northern Sweden, where they spend the summer mating and enjoying the long Nordic days.

The dance is a captivating spectacle, and a way of strengthening the ties between the birds, who take only one mate for life.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 6:20 am 
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Here's a link to a website with some images of pdds and jetees by Swedish cranes:

http://www.sofnet.org/index.asp?lev=574&typ=1


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 Post subject: Re: Dancing cranes
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 9:00 am 
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I think the crane in the third picture down is doing a sissonne. In the row of 3, the picture in the middle appears to be one of those acrobatic duets the Bolshoi used to be famous for, and the picture on the right is some sort of fish dive.

There's some beautiful crane dancing in "Winged Migration."


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Strike a pose: the ballet of crane lake
Descending on Sweden in their thousands, these birds not only stop to feed but also perform an elaborate courtship dance, writes Nerys Lloyd-Pierce for The Independent

Mythology has it that the crane, if treated with due respect, will bring luck, success and a long life. Farmers in western Sweden have a long tradition of paying homage to the bird by mimicking its leggy gait in a ritual dance around the farmhouse. Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, and such prancing was said to secure a fruitful harvest.

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