Whooper Swan

To Stand Out, You Need to Stand High - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I don’t remember since when i started enjoying observing wild lives. For example, it seems reasonable that one way to stand out from the crowd is to look different. However, look is so skin-deep nowadays, “different” can be uniform all of sudden.

In the natural world of animals, they have a thing or two to teach us. This red-crowned crane utilized its physical features to the fullest, and more. I mean, having long legs help, especially when they can jump.

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Red-Crowned-Crane-Jumping-Above-the-Crowd-Kushiro-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

On a different occasion, when I was marveled by the beautiful and cold Hokkaido sunrise, I met such a character. So, I guess, when you can’t grow anymore, grow a little inside, like a personality would help. :-)

Whooper-Swans-Playing-Lake-Kussharo-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Whooper-Swans-Playing-Lake-Kussharo-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

What are the behaviors that you’ve observed of the animal world lately that has stayed in your mind?

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There's Whooper Swan, and then there's Red Crowned Crane Elegance - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I first met whooper swans in Iceland.  It may have been the Arctic light, I thought they are one fine kind of birds.  Look at the pure white plumage contrasted with its dark feet and bright yellow bill.  When they glide effortlessly overhead in the sky, you tend to forgive them for the whooping sound.  After all, how would you know they are approaching had it not for the noise? 

It doesn't seem that my affection towards whooper swans is without basis.  They are much admired in Europe and is even named the national bird of Finland.

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Whooper-Swan-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

And then, upon came red crowned cranes.  They define elegance on a whole different level.  I don't know if it's their slender profile or it's simply because they fly above the clouds.  I fell in love, over again.

What do you think?  

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Red-Crowned-Crane-above-Clouds-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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