Sunset with red crowned crane
After near extinction the red crowned crane (Grus japonensis) is making a comeback, although it is still classified at endangered, with the Japanese population estimated at just over 1000 individuals. It is one of the largest and one of the rarest of the cranes. The comeback is in part thanks for the winter feeding program for the cranes, which provides them with corn, cereal grains and fish. I was fortunate to be able to see then when a rare heavy early snow fall in Hokkaido brought the cranes in from their summer habitat in the marshlands (where they are very difficult to see) to the feeding grounds around Tsurui, Japan.
red crowned cranessunsetGrus japonensissnowTsurui VillageHokkaidoJapan