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Otowa Bridge

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Crane abode

This is the place to observe cranes in there natural habitat. It is in a rather remote area not... read more

Reviewed March 1, 2019
JamesKMTan
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Early morning roosting crane sighting

You have to drive here yourself, or be on a tour bus that does it, as you have to be here about... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2019
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Reviewed March 1, 2019 via mobile

This is the place to observe cranes in there natural habitat. It is in a rather remote area not accessible by public transport. Photographers from all over the world are here early in the morning to observe these marvelous creatures in their home environment. There...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JamesKMTan
Reviewed February 23, 2019

The crane watchers come here for sunrise. But not just sunrise - they show up 2hrs BEFORE sunrise to get their tripods in position before it gets all filled up. The cranes - at least when we were there - were very far away. We...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 9, 2019

You have to drive here yourself, or be on a tour bus that does it, as you have to be here about sunrise. When we got there at 6:30am late Jan, there were already birdwatchers that had been there since 4:30am. Be aware that the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank PHL16
Reviewed January 25, 2019

You must be there about 45 minutes before sun rise... to be safe and be able to stop in front of the bridge rail. If not, you may be forced in staying behind a continuous row of cameras, long lenses and tripods (along the length...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed April 6, 2018

Mid March so many cranes had already dispersed. We went out at 5am and saw about 100 cranes waking up. At first they were quite far away but gradually they came very close to the bridge and we got great photos and saw them in...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank pollyoppy
Reviewed May 18, 2017 via mobile

Try to go before sunrise. Yes, only in winter. Dress warm. Set up your camera and tripod. Enjoy the beautiful pink light with steaming river. As the sunrise how the light shine through and the beautiful cranes moves slowly on the riverbed. So beautiful.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank strawberrythailand
Reviewed June 25, 2016

Arrive at dawn (before if you hope for tripod space during the peak weeks of winter) and be amazed at the sight of a hundred or more Red-crowned Cranes sleeping and waking up in the early morning light. I have been visiting for more than...More

Date of experience: February 2016
4  Thank StellersEagle
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