Categorize that headline as one I never expected to write. Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, took time out from persecuting Pussy Riot and otherwise being a strongman, to pilot an ultralight aircraft leading a flock of cranes on their migration.

Of course, he compared the cranes left behind to his political opponents, calling them “weak.”

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.