I am not sure if they are herons or cranes, but these beauties are a treat to the eye, perched around the poles erected by local fishermen in Kochi backwaters.
Searching in google to find out which ones- crane or stork, yielded these interesting facts.
The white heron can symbolize many things, depending on what you think the theme of the story is. It could be good versus evil, nature versus mankind, flesh versus spirit, innocence versus experience. In all of those, the Heron represents the antithesis of the hunter. Personally,i think the heron represents all of nature. People (i.e. Sylvia) can either choose to betray it or honor it. (by an e-notes educator)
White crane symbolism meant longevity, immortality, and good fortune. In Japan, seeing a crane is still believed to be very auspicious and paper cranes and gifts having crane motifs are often handed out for eternal blessings and good wishes.
Stork has black on it and hence excluded.
Either way, it’s a pleasing morning site, sitting in the balcony in these lockdown times.