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Lake оf White-naped Cranes.

World Colors. Harmony of Life., II place
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Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Озеро белых журавлей. Серия.
Three people — senior research associate Irina, technicians Nikolai and Nadezhda — work at a wildlife sanctuary on the shore of Lake Kleshchinskoye. Their job is to make sure that the birds are ready to survive in the wild. Senior research associate Irina moors her boat to the pier near the cordon of the Khingan Reserve while young cranes are enjoying the shore.
Adult birds, including couples and loners, live in the aviary at the reintroduction station.
Nadezhda has just opened the aviary where young cranes live. The birds wander around freely during the day and sometimes even fly away for a while. They are locked up only at night.
Nadezhda and Nikolai are tagging the birds with special rings that can help to identify them both at the research station and if they are photographed in the wild.
Young cranes wade through tall grass.
Adult white-naped cranes check what’s inside Nikolai’s bucket as he cleans their aviary.
Nadezhda is preparing nets at the pier near the wildlife sanctuary of the Khingan reserve.
Experts herd cranes into the aviary.
Nikolai is carrying a stray crane.
Young crane is landing.

White-naped and red-crowned cranes are evaluated as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. Reintroduction is the deliberate release of grown birds into the wild from captivity. The Khingan reserve’s station of reintroduction is located in the Far East near the town Arkhara.