By Shannon Lane @Shannonroselane

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Thousands of common cranes now migrate to Northern Israel, rather than Africa

In the Hula Lake Park, Northern Israel, farmers have enforced a method to coexist with the common crane to avoid their crops being eaten.

The tourists to the park can get up and close with a usually very shy bird

These cranes are native to Northern Europe and Russia, and previously migrated down into Africa for the winter.

Photographer David Tipling watched the birds from dawn to dusk
Their loud trumpeting call can be heard for at least 2 - 3km

However, due to the plentiful stock of farmers' crops, they began stopping in Northern Israel to indulge on the accessible food supply.

The birds are fed 8 tons of maize a day by the farmers

Foreseeing disaster, local farmers worked with environmental agencies to allocate a portion of their fields during the migration months. They spread eight tons of maize a day to deter the cranes from eating their precious crops.

The cranes left their roosting lake for the marshes at dawn, expectant of their feed

The common crane is widely acknowledged as a shy animal, which means seeing 30,000 of these timid birds at once in the Hula Lake Park is a spectacle for tourists.

British wildlife photographer, David Tipling visited the marsh in January 2016 to witness the pandemonium himself.

The common crane can have a wingspan of over 2 metres

He said: “Because these normally super shy birds are used to the tractors spreading maize, tourists can sit on trailers towed by the tractors and enjoy really close encounters.

“I spent six days photographing the cranes. Each morning I was transported out to their overnight roosting lake in the tractor, and then waited in the dark for dawn.

The farmers feed the cranes to avoid them eating their crops

“As dawn broke, increasing numbers of cranes started to call excitedly before lifting off in groups to fly the short distance to the marsh where they were fed.

“The sound of 30,000 cranes all trumpeting from just a few metres away is extraordinary to witness.”

Photographer David Tipling was able to get close to the birds as they now are used to humans
The cranes often court with their mate, by throwing their heads back and calling