The dainty and elegant Demoiselle cranes are beautiful cranes which are native to Central Eurasia.
These graceful cranes are extremely gentle and known as Khurja in Rajasthan due to the loud and distinctive sounds they make.
Demoiselle Cranes ( English), Khurja ( Rajasthani Hindi) or Anthropoides virgo ( Scientific name) are the Winter Guests of the village of Kichan.
Why they choose to make this inconspicuous but beautiful village in North Western India their home from August till March every year is still a mystery. ( do read http:www.traelwithmukul.wordpress.com to discover this charming village)
They travel in thousands in flocks of hundreds crossing the highest mountains on the planet undertaking the longest and most arduous of migrations.
Behold this amazing natural spectacle as they bask in the sun on the shores of a village pond at Kichan, Rajasthan.
At this time of the year their homes in Mongolia are swept by cold winds and snow blizzards.
The typical V-formations of Cranes helps them conserve energy and ensures a higher rate of survival as they undertake the strenuous MIGRATION across ASIA.
Graceful in flight, the tell tale sign of cranes of neck and feet extended is captured in the picture below.
The majestic beauty of Nature is well and truly represented by these Winter Guests.
The Demoiselle Cranes exhibit an enchanting social order of which of I will write about in the blogs to follow.
Am overwhelmed and in awe of these gorgeous beauties which choose an area of a few square miles in the arid and dry desert of the Rajasthan. India to be their homes every Winter.
During the month of January the Winter Guests ( the Demoiselle Cranes) would outnumber their hosts ( the villagers of Kichan) in the ratio of 4:1.