Saturday, 4 December 2010

Bhutan - Black necked cranes sighted in Gelephu

A family of four black necked cranes has apparently decided to spend this winter season in Chuzergang in Gelephu. Residents who sighted the four spectacular birds prancing about merrily in the paddy fields are overjoyed.

Rinchen Lhato, a resident, said “the birds have been here for a week or so now.”

They are hopeful that this is not a stray incident and that the birds, which are seen as good omen, have decided to make Chuzergang their home.

This is the first time that the endangered birds were sighted roosting in Chuzergang in Gelephu or anywhere in southern Bhutan. Their main roosting areas in Bhutan are Phobjikha in Wangdue and Bumdeling in Trashiyangtse.

“I have asked many people here and nobody has seen them before in this region. When we talked to an expert we found that the cranes may have lost their way to their actual habitat,” said Sonam Wangdi, a forest ranger.

The cranes were first spotted in Chuzergang on November 14.

Officials from the Royal Society for Protection of Nature also visited the areas. According to them it is not unusual to see the cranes in lower altitudes.

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