The Darss Peninsula - Coast of the cranes

NDR/Studio Hamburg - 2002

Between the city of Rostock and the island of Rugen, the peninsula of Fischland, Darss and Zingst stretches along the Baltic Sea. Protected from the ocean, the region is home to a wide variety of birds - from the bald eagle of the Darss forest to the cormorants living on the small Bodden islands. In fall and spring, however, numerous cranes dominate the picture. Most of them breed in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries and come to the Darss to feed before they fly south to their winter quarters or on their way back north. Some 40,000 cranes gather at the Bodden each year - an impressive sight indeed.