|Yes those splodges are |
|The best shot we could get considering the distance|
Our thanks to Susan for raising the query about which bird, and to Tim who knows what he's talking about when it comes to birds for having a good look at the pics and establishing that: no they aren't cranes, yes they are storks :-)! Evidently storks too would head in a NE direction to fly to Lac du Der in Champagne [according to the info on the BTO website] but they, unlike cranes do not make a noise; they fly silently.
Before this we'd only ever seen a single stork sitting on a nest high on top of a church in the Netherlands and never in flight.
Right: I think we've got ourselves sorted out now! Apologies! We do try and make sure that what we post is accurate.
As always you can enlarge the photos.