We Arrive at Tsurui to Photograph the Elegant Red-crowned Cranes …

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

We returned to our hotel for a brief rest after photographing the Blakiston’s Fishing Owl in the early hours. Then it was time for breakfast and our reluctant departure from Rausu. We drove to a small village named Tsurui, which is one of the best places to see and photograph the beautiful and stately Red-crowned Cranes.

The day was sunny and bright and at first it was a little sharp for photography. We waited until later in the afternoon when the light improved and then spent a few hours until sunset enjoying the activities of the beautiful birds. They always look even more spectacular with their white plumage in the snow that contrasts with their black markings and the red colour on their heads that gives them their descriptive name.

As we are here for two days we plan an early night, and then want to visit the Cranes in the early morning to photograph them as they feed and to hopefully see one or two of their beautiful, graceful mating dances …