While hanging clothes in the backyard suddenly I saw 3 cranes wading the knee high water of the Ampang River behind my house just a few feet away. I ran in to take my camera but by the time I came back again, they were all gone to the neighbour's side!...Only one was seen and luckily I was able to snap its photo. She's a beauty isn't she?
No idea what's its called but have seen this type on Chinese scroll paintings....red markings on the head near the beak and black feathers on the wings and back. The cranes look so graceful, with their long slender necks standing on their two twig-like legs in the water. Their beauty and spectacular mating dances have made them highly symbolic birds in many cultures dating back to ancient times. I wonder if our dance in the ballrooms or the discos is a copycat of their mating dances, showing our dancing skills, moves and manouvers to attract the perfect mate!
Anyway, its my lucky day today to get a glimpse of these rare big birds so near human habitat foraging in the river, which I know have lots of fish especially after a heavy rain this morning. Athough a fleeting meeting, its such an exhilarating one! I hope someday I will have the chance to meet another river dweller there - the Monitor Lizard (biawak)!....Though not face to face, mind you, I have seen glimpses of it a few times, quite huge! Just far enough to photograph it!