Bhutan is conducting its annual study of black-necked cranes, which congregate in the land-locked Himalayan country every winter, after spending the summer on the Tibetan plateau.
So far, 422 of the rare birds have been spotted at their winter grounds near Phobjikha in central Bhutan. Black-necked cranes are highly revered in Bhutanese Buddhism, and according to local legend, the birds perform a ritual kora (ceremonial circuit) around Gangteng Monastery before landing to join the colony. The annual migration has become a popular tourist attraction for foreign birders, and the migration is expected to continue through December. Read more: kuenselonline.com