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Demoiselle Crane

Grus virgo


Every year Demoiselle Cranes pass their winter months in India. A small village named Khichan in Rajasthan is renowned for hosting thousands of cranes every year. More than two decades ago when only a few Cranes would arrive here, the locals decided to put some feed for them and since then, their numbers have been growing year on year. To avoid dogs and disturbance from the usual village activities like passing a properly fenced feeding ground has also been created exclusively for them.


These Cranes follow a daily routine and arrive early morning at the feeding grounds, after which they head to the village pond for drinking water. When they start arriving, the skies are filled with these large birds with their echoing calls. Even the feeding ground seems small now to accommodate all the Cranes at once. So some wait around it!

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DanielePralong 3 years ago

Fantastic angle and great story about these cranes. Thanks Vipul!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

So interesting!

maplemoth662 3 years ago

A beautiful photo....

Vipul Ramanuj
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Vipul Ramanuj

Barjasar, Rajasthan, India

Spotted on Nov 15, 2016
Submitted on Mar 20, 2018

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