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  The Setsuri River before the dawn
In this morning, the tempreature was -20C.
Since water in the river is warmer than air, Tancho sleeps in the river.
Trancho sleeps in the river with one leg folding so as not to cool down the body.
Some Tanchos take turns to awaken all night long with paying attension to their natural enemies.
 
 
  The morning sunshine on the trees
The morning sun is rising from the lefet shore.
The sunlight is shining on the half height of trees.
 
 
 
  First dance in the morning
Tancho dances in the field natufrally, but dance in the river is unexpected.
 
   
 
 
  Having a doze in the morning sunlight
Tancho Crines seem to feel happiness in the warm morining sunlight.
The surface of river is illuminating in golden color. It's very fantastic scenery.
 
 
  River fog and frost-covered trees
The temprature of river water is warmer than that of air.
So the vapor from the river rapidly turns into fog and covers trees with frost.
The frost-covered trees are beautiful in the morning sunshine.
   
 
 
  The Setsuri River viewed from the observation spot
This observation spot is the most suitable for taking pictures of Tancho those live in the Setsuri River and the surrounding environment.
Many cameramans have been making a line with their tripod before the dawn.
 
 
  View of Kushiro Shitsugen Wetland
This photo is the wide-angle of upper one.
The Kushiro Shitsugen Wetland can be seen in the right depth.
 
 
  The Setsuri River right below the observation spot
This photo is the lower part of the above one.
Some Tancho Crines those seem not interested in group behavior are remaining there.


 
 
  The Setsuri River and Tancho
Sring waters well up in many places of the Kushiro Shitsugen Wetland.
Since the temperature is 10C throughout the year, some rivers don't freeze even in winter season.
So Tancho Crines dwell in this ice-free river in winter.
Tancho was originally a migratory bird.
They could be seen in Kantou or Tokai area in the Edo era.
They are found in Ukiyoe print of HIroshige and Hokusai.
 
     
 
  frost-covered trees
The vapor from the river rapidly turns into fog and covers trees with frost before dawn.
The sunlight melts the frost everyday.
Compared with this frost in the plain, those in the high mountain are covered with attatched and piled snow.
So they don't melt easily.
 
 
   Clear and severe cold morning
Frost-covered trees appear in a clear and severe cold morning, because radiational cooling phenomenon chills the earth and air.
Frost sparkle lights by morning sunshine. Frost,river fog and river harmonize with each other in golden color.
 
     
 
  Taking off bound for feeding ground 1
Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary is a feeding ground in winter.
Tancho Crines take off toward the Sanctuary at around 9 am.

Seriese photes are as follows.
 
 
  Taking off bound for feeding ground 2
The scenery that many Tancho Crines are coming close is dynamic and solemn.
 
 
  Taking off bound for feeding ground 3
Otowabashi bridge is a path for the feeding ground.
So cameramans are able to take dynamic pictures fortunately.

 
 
  Taking off bound for feeding ground 4
Otowabashi bridge is the most suitabe place for taking a photo of right above.
Because the camera is close to Tancho as long as the height of the Otowabashi Bridge.
The camera needs good performance of moving object AF.
When you take photo of Tancho that is coming close, both telephoto lens and wide angle lens are necessary at the same time.
 
 
  Soundless aproaching Tancho
This approaching Tancho was taken by telephoto lens.
When this tancho comes above, the figure extends outside of frame.
If Tancho of 2m40cm wing width is at 4m above, lens of 50mm(full size) is necessary.
Soundless aproaching Tancho has big size and dynamics more than expected.
 
 
  Taking off bound for feeding ground (movie)
It's natural that animals are beautiful and fascinating, when they are moving.
Tha figure of Soundless aproaching Tancho is dynamic and solemn.


 
     
 
  Tancho remains in the river
Time of this view is 9:30am.
80% of Tancho Cranes have gone yet.
 
 
   Eating small fish and aquatic insect
Married couple of Tancho always act together.
They seems to be enjoying their happy and calm time avoiding crowded place.
 
 
  Remaining in the river relaxed
Married couple of Tancho always act together.
They seems to be enjoying their happy and calm time avoiding crowded place. 
 
     
 
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