Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)
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|Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), aka Tancho, Sarurun Kamui, Marsh Kamui, Japanese Crane or Manchurian Crane is an endangered/threatened species with less than 1500 living in the wild.|
If it wasn't for the local residence in this area of Hokaido who fed them though tough times, they may not exist at all. Tome Watanabe, now in her late eighties, still goes out to feed the cranes during the Winter twice a day. I believe she will be come known as a hero in Japan for the conservation and protection of this bird. I was lucky enough to meet her also! However, that wasn't purely by chance - 200 cranes land in her garden every day during the Winter and I wanted to be where the cranes were.
This image was taken in a nature reserve just down the road from her house where the birds are tagged and monitored. We could see the cranes in a few other places and they are known to sleep in the stream where the running water remains warmer than the sub-zero Winter temperatures.
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Graceful birds well photographed and a nice story attached.
- [2009-01-17 15:04]
this Cranes are wonderful birds. The posture that you surprised is very nice