Cranes Before Dawn

Katherine Feng

Black-necked cranes are the only alpine crane species. This image was taken about ½ hour before dawn in Daqiao Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve, Yunnan, China. The long exposure allows for the smooth appearance of the water as well as movement and ghosting of some of the cranes and geese. The cranes are affected by the loss of shallow wetlands that is occurring due to climate change which is increasing the rate of evaporation, increasing the frequency of drought, and degrading the permafrost that underlies and supports many wetlands.

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