Monday, October 21, 2013

Flock of cranes in Kuala Lumpur

Stumbled upon this beautiful picture on Yahoo! of a flock of cranes flying past the rising moon in Nauen near Berlin, Germany - Friday, October 18, 2013. The caption says the cranes rest in the wetlands west of Berlin on their way from breeding places in the north to their wintering grounds in the south.

If you commute to work using the North-South Expressway in Kuala Lumpur, you may have noticed a flock of cranes flying overhead.  They do so twice a day, once in the morning, the other time in the evening. There used to be just a handful many years ago but currently, there are as many as 15 or 20 of them.

Catch them at around 7o'clock in the morning gliding above along the river in Ulu Kelang (best viewed near Bukit Antarabangsa) heading towards the direction of Ampang/Cheras from the National Zoo - that is where they rest at night. In the evening, the cranes can be seen flying back to the zoo at around 6 or 7pm. It's a sight to behold, so look out for them the next time you are in the Ulu Kelang area.

I have no idea where they go to or where they are in the day but sometimes they can be spotted perched on telephone wires along the North-South Expressway in the evenings. Happy looking out for these big birds as they glide by on their way to hunt or to roost.


  1. i live nearby UK (errr, Ulu Klang i mean, haha!!) and always got the chance to see the cranes flying in the morning and also evening.. was impressed the first few times seeing them, but getting used to it now :p

  2. Anonymous7:26 AM

    Cranes or egrets? Used to have a lot here...everywhere dotted in white. Only a few left now, must have migrated somewhere - probably not so nice here anymore. Blogged about one here:

  3. Oh got cranes flying along the river in Ulu Kelang? I am seldom there at those hours, so never seen them before : )

  4. Tatoo (Fantasy Island) would have said 'The Crane The Crane'. Hope to catch a view of em but not possible to travel so early.

  5. I am always amazed by those birds. They always know their ways, which way is north or south etc. I ve absolutely no sense of direction.