ONE, NO TWO, OH THREE, SORRY IT’S A PARTY OF FOUR

When I started blogging a month ago , one of the first posts were those  of these magnificent birds called THE SARUS CRANES (Grus antigone ) .Posted them under a title URBAN FORESTS, do check it out.

They are the largest flying cranes ( males grow upto 6ft )  in the WORLD .   To know more check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarus_crane.

Unfortunately these could be last sightings of this unique and very special  Crane in this location as the area has been earmarked for “ high-rise buildings “.

These romantic and gorgeous  Sarus Cranes are  losing their habitat rapidly and are marked VULNERABLE by IUCN. They are, as you read in Wikipedia , Google etc,.  Unique to  INDIA.

The joy of spotting and locating these birds in the wetlands and paddy fields is unparalleled..It is neither  a zoo, a national park,  or  a bird  sanctuary , these wetlands are their homes.   They come and go as they please, in  absolute FREEDOM.

You will visit them in their homes without any tickets or permissions.

In order to give an idea of the size of the Sarus,  is this picture of a single  male Sarus Crane with two crows for company.

SEE THE SCALE
  ONE

The Sarus Cranes bond for life, they are MONOGAMOUS for LIFE.  Both male and female take turns in nursing their eggs.

a couple , its two
a couple , its two

The mating display is spectacular and can beat any Opera in the World hollow.

oops missed a step
oops missed a step

Do notice the backdrop as well , it is their natural habitat. Now they are three.

three
                                   three

Sorry, it’s a party of Four.

Pack your cameras and rush before  blocks  of cement and tonnes of Steel are poured on these rich wetlands and  fields , converting  their homes into  our homes.

four
 sorry, it is a party of four

It reminds me of the movie AVATAR in which vast forests  of the planet Pandora are destroyed. The difference being:  this is for REAL .

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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