Red-crowned cranes river roost site at sunrise. In this photograph, a flock of Red-crowned cranes is waking up. They spend their nights on little islands in this river snow-covered islands. Indeed, it acts as protection from predators, as the water surrounds them. During the day, the cranes will fly to feeding grounds, and in the late afternoon, they return to their night quarters. In wintertime, the temperature can drop to below minus 20 degrees.
Cranes perform an impressive dance to strengthen their lifelong bond with their partner. Over many years they practice this performance together. We call it ‘The dance of Love.’ A gorgeous, graceful dance indeed. You will see a beautiful display of a ballet dance from a crane. Undoubtedly breathtaking. Even Anette has put down her camera to enjoy this enjoyable spectacle.
They were nearly extinct. However, conservation efforts brought up the crane population again on the island Hokkaido in Japan. These gorgeous cranes are one of the rarest worldwide. Sometimes it has the names ‘Manchurian crane’ or ‘Japanese crane.’ For Japanese traditions the cranes symbolize longevity. Another interpretation is that the crane represents in Japan a fortune.
Red-crowned crane, Grus japonensis, is classified as endangered.
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