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Autodrive in the Diepholz district in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) on the westside of the Rehdener Geestmoor. Common Crane watching by sunrise.
This part on the western side of Rehdener Geestmoor is good in early morning. Many Common Crane flying out of the moore's overhead your car. Good for shooting pictures and a very exciting experience. Better to stay in the car otherwise you will scare the Common Crane and they will take another route.
Fotoshootingdrive by sunrise. See the route on the map.
The areas around Diepholz are famous for the gathering of Common Crane every autumn. Diepholz has 24,000 hectares of peat bogs in eleven different areas. Between the areas are small villages and lots of corn fields and grassland. Most visitors are gathered around a few large observation towers, and the rest of the area is usually quiet. The thousands of birds gather here in Germany during the Common Crane migration to fat up for their trip to the more southern wintering grounds. During this period, the number may reach in the tens of thousands. During te day the birds are foraging (feeding) on the different corn fields in the area and in the evening they fly in great numbers to their sleeping places in the peat bogs around Diepholz. The best time of the year, with the biggest amounts of Common Crane is during the last two weeks of october, and the first week in november.