COMING HOME TO A “HONEY DEW” LIST!  I knew Alice, my wife said she had a list for me when I arrived after being gone three weeks.  I thought it was going to be a long To Do list.  She surprised me with this list, which I thought was a very special homecoming gift.

What I missed!


Your Love

Your Smile

All your Bengali Relationships

Your Shopping

Running Errands

Helping Me

Walking With Me

Encouraging Me

Just Being

Zest for New Experiences!!!

A big thanks to my wife for this special list!!

The Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) is a large non-migratory crane found in parts of the Indian SubcontinentSoutheast Asia and Australia. The tallest of the flying birds, standing at a height of up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft),[3] they are conspicuous and iconic[4] species of open wetlands. The Sarus Crane is easily distinguished from other cranes in the region by the overall grey colour and the contrasting red head and upper neck. They forage on marshes and shallowwetlands for rootstubers, insects, crustaceans and small vertebrate prey. Like other cranes, they form long-lasting pair-bonds and maintain territories within which they perform territorial and courtship displays that include loud trumpeting, leaps and dance-like movements. In India they are considered symbols of marital fidelity, believed to mate for life and pine the loss of their mates even to the point of starving to death. The main breeding season is during the rainy season, when the pair builds an enormous nest “island”, a circular platform of reeds and grasses nearly two metres in diameter and high enough to stay above the shallow water surrounding it. Sarus Crane numbers have declined greatly in the last century and it has been estimated that the current population is a tenth or less (perhaps 2.5%) of the numbers that existed in the 1850s. The stronghold of the species is India, where it is traditionally revered and lives in agricultural lands in close proximity to humans. Elsewhere, the species has been extirpated in many parts of its former range.   From Wikipedia

I was able to get this photo in Northwestern Cambodia last week.  I took it with a Canon XTI (400D) camera, CAnon 70-300 mm lens with a Tamron 2x converter.  This is as close as I could get.  They seemed to be  maybe 400 yards away.   I suspect the photo would have been sharper had I used a tripod, and a Canon 2x converter.

These Sarus Crane were in a rice field Northwest of Siem Reap.