Since late October, the numbers of Black-necked Cranes in the Phobjika Valley, Bhutan have increased as more birds made their migration over the Himalayas. By November 11, the date of the Fourth King’s Birthday and of the Crane Festival within the courtyard of the Gangtey Gompa (16th century Buddhist temple), there were 262. When I returned on November 19, there were about 350, about 10 percent of which were juveniles, an indication that all is well on the breeding grounds in Tibet. More cranes are expected. Last winter the highest count in the valley was 368. This winter we hope the number exceeds 400!Read more..
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In late December 2012, ICF’s Li Fengshan, Ms. Chan Yun-Wen from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ms. Hu Yabin from Beijing No. 39 Secondary School traveled to Caohai Nature Reserve, wintering area for Black-necked and Eurasian Cranes in southwest China.Read more..
Early morning in Bhutan. The alarm goes off at 5:30. Darn birders get up early. Like usual, it is cold. How many layers to put on today? I’m retired, I only get up this early for golf. A little coffee and biscuits and we are out walking along a road with field glasses at the ready. The sun rises and sunlight glances off mountainsides. Beautiful colors. We branch off onto a path through farm fields surrounded by forests. We hear the subtle sounds of birds. Some birds hide in the brush, while others perch high on tree tops. I have trouble finding them, but my skills improve throughout the trip. Perched on high limbs in the rain forrest these elusive birds become a metaphor for the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan.Read more..
November 7-21, 2011, I was joined by 12 fellow-travelers on an expedition to Bhutan, a tiny and charming kingdom in the eastern Himalayas sandwiched between China and India. Bhutan’s national slogan is “Gross National Happiness,” an aspiration supported by the protection of culture and nature, backed by sound administration and carefully planned development. In winter Bhutan is a sanctuary for about 500 Black-necked Cranes.Read more..