There are 8000 cranes in this picture, honest.
6000 hooded cranes and 2000 white-naped cranes.
That's about 75% of the world population of those species.
If you look hard, you can see 2 common cranes, a Siberian crane, a Sandhill crane and a Demoiselle crane as well.
The Siberian crane is the all-white one.
All on this rice paddy in Kyushu.
8000 cranes

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