We spent a couple of days at the Black Necked Crane Reserve for the last few hundred of these magnificent birds. They breed and summer here before migrating to the Tibetan Plateau for the winter–flying at an astounding 33,500 feet! This poor one is living in a compound (they are building it a bigger and better one) because a predator ripped one of its wings and it can no longer fly (even after two surgeries). Their eye coloration is fierce. Their red crown is befitting a bird with holy status among the Bhutan people.

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