With the onset of harsh winter at Ladakh, India and Tibet, Cranes usually migrate to lower elevation in search of suitable habitat. Similarly, Black necked crane is no exception in migrating to some part of the Bhutan during winter season.
Owing to the effective habitat conservation effort from Department of Forests and Park Services and other Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) like Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) , every year number of black necked crane visiting the country is seen increasing.
Places like Phobjikha in Wangduephodrang and Bumdelling in Trashiyangtse are the designated habitat for Black necked crane of national interest. But few years ago, several numbers of the individual are seen visiting Chuzegang in Sarpang district arousing a debate among the bird experts.
Going by the vegetation type with open marshy grassland area, some part of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctaury can be considered as a suitable foraging site for the migratory cranes. Few days ago, a flock of three Black necked cranes were spotted at Thrakthri for few days which later migrated to Sakteng and are still foraging and roosting there. The incident of Black necked crane visiting SWS is first time in the history of the sanctuary.
Submitted by: Norbu Wangchuk (Sr. Forester), Thrakthri Guard post.
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