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Copyright: Franco Degani (degani) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like), Fauna of ETHIOPIAN (Africa) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-15 13:07
Viewed: 5621
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I do not know the name of these birds, maybe someone can help me please?
I photographed them flying in the scky of the savana of Masai Mara, last week.
thank you very much

thanks to Ahmet for the name of the birds

from wikipedia:
"The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although it nests in somewhat wetter habitats.
There are two subspecies. The East African B. r. gibbericeps (Crested Crane) occurs from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo through Uganda, of which it is the national bird, and Kenya to eastern South Africa. It has a larger area of bare red facial skin above the white patch than the smaller Balearica regulorum regulorum (South African Crowned Crane) which breeds from Angola south to South Africa.
This species and the closely related Black Crowned Crane are the only cranes that can roost in trees, because of a long hind toe that can grasp branches. This habit, amongst other things, is a reason why the relatively small Balearica cranes are believed to closely resemble the ancestral members of the Gruidae.
The Grey Crowned Crane has a breeding display involving dancing, bowing, and jumping. It has a booming call which involves inflation of the red gular sac. It also makes a honking sound quite different from the trumpeting of other crane species.
The nest is a platform of grass and other plants in tall wetland vegetation. The Grey Crowned Crane lays a clutch of 2-5 eggs. Incubation is performed by both sexes and lasts 28-31 days. Chicks fledge at 56-100 days.
The Grey Crowned Crane is about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs). Its body plumage is mainly grey. The wings are also predominantly white, but contain feathers with a range of colours. The head has a crown of stiff golden feathers. The sides of the face are white, and there is a bright red inflatable throat pouch. The bill is relatively short and grey, and the legs are black. The sexes are similar, although males tend to be slightly larger. Young birds are greyer than adults, with a feathered buff face. Like all cranes, it feeds on insects, reptiles and small mammals.
Although the Grey Crowned Crane remains common over much of its range, it faces threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution.
The Grey Crowned Crane eats grass seeds and insects, along with other invertebrates.
The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country's flag and coat of arms.

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great capture, they are so majestic, TFS Ori

Hi Franco
wonderful shot for very beautiful cranes in flight. focus, POV, colors and lighting great.
they must be Balearica regulorum - Grey Crowned Crane. I added this great post to my theme "cranes and related birds" (Gruiformes). you can see others of Grey Crowned Cranes on the theme.
Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-15 14:47]

Ciao Franco,ecco i primi esemplari che arrivano dal Masai Mara! E' una bella sorpresa aprire la serie con due uccelli (e su questo sito ce ne sono gia' troppi..ehehe)..ma la foto meritava senza dubbio il palcoscenico,sia per la qualita' molto alta,sia per la rarita' di questi esemplari e sia per la particolare e differente posizone della coppia. Bel colpo..buona settimana,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-15 18:56]

Hola Franco.
Excelente foto, muy bien lograda y de colores suaves pero muy bien definidos.
Saludos Franco.

Wow...You did a superb job in post production to make these one step higher than top notch...they are superb...I am really falling in love with in flight birds and you are super at it!

grande colo pda maestro bravo

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