Friday, September 17, 2010

Bharatpur Diary 2010 – Sarus Crane - Breeding Pair


The Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) is a large non-migratory crane found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent. Like other cranes, they form long-lasting pair-bonds. In India they are considered symbols of marital fidelity, believed to mate for life and pine the loss of their mates even to the point of starving to death.

The main breeding season is during the rainy season, when the pair builds an enormous nest "island", a circular platform of reeds and grasses nearly two metres in diameter and high enough to stay above the shallow water surrounding it.

As you can see from this photograph, one of them is on the nest while the other keeps watch. They alternate positions several times during the day.

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