Grey Crowned Crane

Grey Crowned Cranes are one of those improbably coiffed, unbelievably plumaged apparitions you see in the grass and discount as the murmurings of your imagination. Look again... they are real.

This one is preening in the reeds. I'd never seen one alone before and a few moments later I discovered its mate.

Settled into the grass disguised as some sort of flower. It is hard to tell if that is a nest or just a bird taking a break. I know almost nothing about them so I'm happy to live with the mystery, even so I'm leaning towards it being a bird on eggs. Tough location though given the Leopards in the vicinity.

Time to find a nearby field to forage in.

This is obscured but I like that it shows the headdress stowed away in an aerodynamic position.

Sorry for my absence lately. That's life I guess. BLW is back and I'll try to get into consistent form again. Thanks for all of your comments and for the wonderful feedback. It's great to know these images have a meaningful life out in the world and that they are appreciated.