Common Crane (Grus grus)   Leave a comment

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This was one more lifer for me at LRK. Though a pretty common bird in Europe and Asia, it was the first time I got to see the common crane also called the Eurasian crane. With this I have now clicked the Sandhill, Sarus, Demoiselle and now the common crane.

This is a mid sized crane  and has a drooping, bushy ‘cloak’ over the tail.  Its body is slaty grey but in contrast, the neck, chin and throat are dark grey to black, with a black forehead and a distinctive white stripe that runs from behind the eye, down the neck and to the upper back. The top of the head bears a red patch of bare skin.

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