Hokkaido is one of the very best places to see the endangered red-crowned crane. There are several stable roosting sites in rivers, and several feeding sites as well that they visit throughout the winter, and this is shot at one such location in Tsurui.

With a wingspan of up to 250 cm (8 ft 2 in) and height of up to 158 cm (5 ft 2 in) it’s one of the largest species of crane in the world.

It sounds like this:



  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: NIKON D5
  • Focal length: 500mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/40 s

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