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Hop, skip and jump Camera settings are off somewhat for this shot, but still a fun moment with a pair of Japanese red-crowned cranes. <br />
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A freezing winter&rsquo;s day just outside of Kushiro on the east coast of Japan&rsquo;s most northern island of Hokkaido, and the time had come at last to see in person my beloved tancho. How many years I have wished and hoped to see these extremely rare birds, especially their courtship ballet set against a snowy stage.<br />
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The population of red-crowned cranes in Japan is mostly non-migratory and currently consists of just a thousand or so birds.<br />
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Hunting and land loss led to a near extinction in the late 1800s. Governments and citizens woke up to the plight of tancho in the 1950s...now protected, supported, and with a secure winter food supply, the population began a dramatic recovery that has made it the great success story of 20th century conservation in Japan.<br />
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The red-crowned crane is a potent icon. In symbolic form, it is the bird of happiness and long life (in fable it lives for a 1,000 years).<br />
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Height 160 cm<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/91779/japanese_tanchozuru_display.html" title="Japanese tanchozuru display"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/91779_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=4ZzyspSiZ0p4TK6E65rkaqUph14%3D" width="200" height="164" alt="Japanese tanchozuru display A freezing winter&rsquo;s day just outside of Kushiro on the east coast of Japan&rsquo;s most northern island of Hokkaido, and the time had come at last to see in person my beloved tancho. How many years I have wished and hoped to see these extremely rare birds, especially their courtship ballet set against a snowy stage.<br />
<br />
The population of red-crowned cranes in Japan is mostly non-migratory and currently consists of just a thousand or so birds.<br />
<br />
Hunting and land loss led to a near extinction in the late 1800s. Governments and citizens woke up to the plight of tancho in the 1950&rsquo;s...now protected, supported, and with a secure winter food supply, the population began a dramatic recovery that has made it the great success story of 20th century conservation in Japan.<br />
<br />
The red-crowned crane is a potent icon. In symbolic form, it is the bird of happiness and long life (in fable it lives for a 1,000 years).<br />
<br />
Height 160 cm<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/90421/shy_japanese_tanchozuru_through_the_winter_grass.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94673/japanese_tanchozuru.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/90421/shy_japanese_tanchozuru_through_the_winter_grass.html" title="Shy Japanese tanchozuru through the winter grass"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/90421_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=joMvxVjFVVmZX7wkQbLtTrEJ02U%3D" width="150" height="152" alt="Shy Japanese tanchozuru through the winter grass A freezing winter&rsquo;s day just outside of Kushiro on the east coast of Japan&rsquo;s most northern island of Hokkaido, and the time had come at last to see in person my beloved tancho. How many years I have wished and hoped to see these extremely rare birds, especially their courtship ballet set against a snowy stage. <br />
<br />
The population of red-crowned cranes in Japan is mostly non-migratory and currently consists of just a thousand or so birds. <br />
<br />
Hunting and land loss led to a near extinction in the late 1800&rsquo;s. Governments and citizens woke up to the plight of tancho in the 1950&rsquo;s...now protected, supported, and with a secure winter food supply, the population began a dramatic recovery that has made it the great success story of 20th century conservation in Japan.<br />
<br />
The red-crowned crane is a potent icon. In symbolic form, it is the bird of happiness and long life (in fable it lives for a 1,000 years). <br />
<br />
Height 160 cm<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/91779/japanese_tanchozuru_display.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94673/japanese_tanchozuru.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94673/japanese_tanchozuru.html" title="Japanese tanchozuru"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/94673_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=Xi9rfjfyUe9c8yEvMpDqcSYZFoQ%3D" width="200" height="142" alt="Japanese tanchozuru A freezing winter&rsquo;s day just outside of Kushiro on the east coast of Japan&rsquo;s most northern island of Hokkaido.<br />
<br />
The population of red-crowned cranes in Japan is mostly non-migratory and currently consists of just a thousand or so birds.<br />
<br />
Hunting and land loss led to a near extinction in the late 1800s. Governments and citizens woke up to the plight of tancho in the 1950&rsquo;s...now protected, supported, and with a secure winter food supply, the population began a dramatic recovery that has made it the great success story of 20th century conservation in Japan.<br />
<br />
The red-crowned crane is a potent icon. In symbolic form, it is the bird of happiness and long life (in fable it lives for a 1,000 years).<br />
<br />
Height 160 cm<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/91779/japanese_tanchozuru_display.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/90421/shy_japanese_tanchozuru_through_the_winter_grass.html<br />
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Hop, skip and jump

Camera settings are off somewhat for this shot, but still a fun moment with a pair of Japanese red-crowned cranes.

A freezing winter’s day just outside of Kushiro on the east coast of Japan’s most northern island of Hokkaido, and the time had come at last to see in person my beloved tancho. How many years I have wished and hoped to see these extremely rare birds, especially their courtship ballet set against a snowy stage.

The population of red-crowned cranes in Japan is mostly non-migratory and currently consists of just a thousand or so birds.

Hunting and land loss led to a near extinction in the late 1800s. Governments and citizens woke up to the plight of tancho in the 1950s...now protected, supported, and with a secure winter food supply, the population began a dramatic recovery that has made it the great success story of 20th century conservation in Japan.

The red-crowned crane is a potent icon. In symbolic form, it is the bird of happiness and long life (in fable it lives for a 1,000 years).

Height 160 cm

Japanese tanchozuru display A freezing winter’s day just outside of Kushiro on the east coast of Japan’s most northern island of Hokkaido, and the time had come at last to see in person my beloved tancho. How many years I have wished and hoped to see these extremely rare birds, especially their courtship ballet set against a snowy stage.<br />
<br />
The population of red-crowned cranes in Japan is mostly non-migratory and currently consists of just a thousand or so birds.<br />
<br />
Hunting and land loss led to a near extinction in the late 1800s. Governments and citizens woke up to the plight of tancho in the 1950’s...now protected, supported, and with a secure winter food supply, the population began a dramatic recovery that has made it the great success story of 20th century conservation in Japan.<br />
<br />
The red-crowned crane is a potent icon. In symbolic form, it is the bird of happiness and long life (in fable it lives for a 1,000 years).<br />
<br />
Height 160 cm<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/90421/shy_japanese_tanchozuru_through_the_winter_grass.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94673/japanese_tanchozuru.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/116839/hop_skip_and_jump.html Aves,Geotagged,Gruidae,Gruiformes,Grus japonensis,Hokkaido,Japan,Manchurian Crane,Red-crowned Crane,Red-crowned crane,Tanchozuru,Winter,bird,fauna,vertebrate


Shy Japanese tanchozuru through the winter grass A freezing winter’s day just outside of Kushiro on the east coast of Japan’s most northern island of Hokkaido, and the time had come at last to see in person my beloved tancho. How many years I have wished and hoped to see these extremely rare birds, especially their courtship ballet set against a snowy stage. <br />
<br />
The population of red-crowned cranes in Japan is mostly non-migratory and currently consists of just a thousand or so birds. <br />
<br />
Hunting and land loss led to a near extinction in the late 1800’s. Governments and citizens woke up to the plight of tancho in the 1950’s...now protected, supported, and with a secure winter food supply, the population began a dramatic recovery that has made it the great success story of 20th century conservation in Japan.<br />
<br />
The red-crowned crane is a potent icon. In symbolic form, it is the bird of happiness and long life (in fable it lives for a 1,000 years). <br />
<br />
Height 160 cm<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/91779/japanese_tanchozuru_display.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94673/japanese_tanchozuru.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/116839/hop_skip_and_jump.html Aves,Geotagged,Gruidae,Gruiformes,Grus japonensis,Hokkaido,Japan,Japanese Crane,Manchurian Crane,Red-crowned Crane,Red-crowned crane,Tanchozuru,Vertebrate,Winter,bird,fauna,winter


Japanese tanchozuru A freezing winter’s day just outside of Kushiro on the east coast of Japan’s most northern island of Hokkaido.<br />
<br />
The population of red-crowned cranes in Japan is mostly non-migratory and currently consists of just a thousand or so birds.<br />
<br />
Hunting and land loss led to a near extinction in the late 1800s. Governments and citizens woke up to the plight of tancho in the 1950’s...now protected, supported, and with a secure winter food supply, the population began a dramatic recovery that has made it the great success story of 20th century conservation in Japan.<br />
<br />
The red-crowned crane is a potent icon. In symbolic form, it is the bird of happiness and long life (in fable it lives for a 1,000 years).<br />
<br />
Height 160 cm<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/91779/japanese_tanchozuru_display.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/90421/shy_japanese_tanchozuru_through_the_winter_grass.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/116839/hop_skip_and_jump.html Aves,Geotagged,Gruidae,Gruiformes,Grus japonensis,Hokkaido,Japan,Manchurian Crane,Red-crowned Crane,Red-crowned crane,Tanchozuru,Winter,bird,fauna,vertebrate

    comments (11)

  1. Excellent documentation of this icon, Ruth! Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy. Posted one month ago
  2. Absolutely wonderful! Posted one month ago
    1. Glad you enjoyed :) Posted one month ago
  3. Today's Facebook post:

    The magnificent red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis), also known as the Japanese crane, is one of the largest and rarest cranes in the world. It is an iconic species that has been featured in fables for centuries, symbolizing happiness and longevity.

    This species doesn't reach maturity until 3-4 years of age; but, once it finds a mate, it is monogamous. Mating pairs are known for their graceful dances, called duets, in which they move rhythmically, vocalizing, bouncing, and leaping. In their excitement for breeding season, they can't help but dance. It's a scene of pure joy.

    Its beauty and revered status has not always benefited the species, however. Its populations were once widespread throughout the wetlands of eastern Asia, but years of overhunting and habitat loss nearly wiped it out. The red-crowned crane is an endangered species.

    They are now legally protected and populations have begun to recover, including a resident Japanese population in Hokkaido. It once seemed like a doomed species, but thanks to conservation efforts, it has turned into a story of success and survival - like a phoenix rising from the ashes. {Spotted in Japan by Ruth Spigelman} #JungleDragon #Japanesecrane #Grusjaponensis #magnificentredcrownedcrane

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted one month ago
  4. Amazing!!! Posted one month ago
    1. Thank you! It was a wonderful experience and meant so much to me. Intriguing and lovely birds. Posted one month ago
  5. Incredible capture! Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks Wesley, although I think this is the worst shot technically of those my freezing fingers managed to get. One of those 'too engrossed in watching, to want to take shots' moments. Lucky I could stay for a long time viewing the community. Posted one month ago
      1. I totally understand that feeling! Seems as though this was a wonderful experience:) Posted one month ago
  6. They're great Ruth, I'd love to get to Hokkaido. The Cranes & the Stellars!! Great shot. Posted one month ago

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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.

Similar species: Crane-like Birds
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
Uploaded Jun 19, 2021. Captured Feb 10, 2020 11:43 in Japan, 〒084-0922 Hokkaido, Kushiro, Hokuto, たんちょう舞ろーど.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/10.0
  • 10/4000s
  • ISO320
  • 170mm