Red-crowned crane, Hokkaido

The red-crowned crane, also called the Japanese crane is a large east Asian crane and among the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity.

To take a good photo of these birds dancing is a challenge, white birds, white snow and a bright sky with the sun too high. Irrespective of these problems we had to try.

I managed after a lot of hassle to get a taxi to take me to the feeding place.  It was a  linguistic challenge, but I managed in one way or another. During my stay the conditions was not very good but I had to give it a try. The birds came in from different directions, some came in low over the fields while others came in high above, took a round and then landed. After some feeding it was time for a bit of dance  but to get a clean shot against a blurred background was just wishfull thinking.

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