Red-crowned Cranes by KenG ()
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Here's one of the four cranes featured in Shorebirds Volume4.
The Red-crowned crane breeds in Siberia and occasionally in northeastern Mongolia. During the fall, they migrate in flocks to Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and other countries in East Asia to spend the winter. All Red-crowned cranes migrate, except for a flock that is resident in Hokkaidō. The habitats used are marshes, riverbanks, rice fields, and other wet areas.
They are seriously threatened by loss of habitat throughout its range. Human development, especially agricultural expansion, reed harvesting, river channelization, deforestation, and road building, is destroying many of the historic breeding wetlands. Additional threats include fires that destroy nests, harassment by people, and poisoning from pesticide-treated grain. Because of their size and weight, Red-crowned Cranes do not fly as fast as other cranes, and appear more prone to deadly collisions with utility lines. There are 1,500 left in the wild.
In Japan, this crane, known as tancho ( 丹頂, origins in China), is said to live 1000 years. A pair of Red-crowned Cranes were used in the design for the Series D 1000 yen note and the crane with out-stretched wings is the logo of Japan airlines. In the Ainu language, the Red-crowned Crane is known as sarurun kamui or marsh kamui.
Rendered without any post work in Iray. Models include Stonemason's Misty River Gorge and my Songbird ReMix Shorebirds Volume 4.