Our Final Day with the Red-crowned Cranes …

Ben’s News from Rausu in Hokkaido on the Tusk Japan Wildlife Photo Tour:

Today dawned sunny and bright, which meant that our time in the glare with the Red-crowned Cranes would be rather limited. There is a small window of opportunity early in the morning when backlighting creates a fabulous effect through the birds’ plumage, and another while in the afternoon when the sun is less harsh on the sparkling pristine white snow.

After photographing the cranes this morning we left the glare and went in search of a Ural Owl. One of these owls is known to frequent a specific area, but there was no sign of her at her usual roosting spot.

The afternoon session with the cranes turned out very well. Clouds blew up again during the course of the day, and by early afternoon the light was diffuse and soft from over our shoulders, and we made the most of our final afternoon on our tour.

Tomorrow we pack up to leave Hokkaido and the fantastic experiences we have enjoyed so much here. Then, after our farewell dinner tomorrow evening, our tour will be over – but the next exciting photographic safari awaits …