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Crowned Beauty
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-23 13:03
Viewed: 5752
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(This is an update, I incorrectly identified the bird as a Grey Crowned Crane previously.)

The Black Crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It was once also called Kaffir Crane.

It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although in nests in somewhat wetter habitats. There are two races, B. p. pavonina in the west, and the more numerous B. p. ceciliae in east Africa.

This species and the closely related Grey Crowned Crane, B. regulorum, which prefers wetter habitats for foraging, are the only cranes that can nest in trees. 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.

Like all cranes, the Black Crowned Crane eats insects, reptiles, and small mammals. It is endangered, especially in the west, by habitat loss and degradation.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-crowned_Crane

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VERY nice head shot! Adding this to my favorites! I love these birds.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-09-23 13:37]

Brilliant detail and composition Willem,
absolutely stunning post :)
Cheers,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-23 13:39]

Nice portrait with sharpness, color and excellent background.
Good control of lighting and framing.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-23 13:49]

Hi Willem,
Very neat and perfect portrait of this cute bird, with a lovely light, excellent sharpness and details and wonderful pose and bg.
TFS, Josť M.

Hi Willem

High quality shot. Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition. Thank you! :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-23 16:02]

Very impressive close-up of this Crane. I'm amazed at the details you've managed to show.
Beautiful lighting and very nice colour background too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Willem
Fantastic portrait!!!
Great photo, perfect scharpness and compostion with the great background color.

Hi Willem,

superb head shot with very good details
perfect sharpness.

TFS Thijs

Very good portrait, nice colours and background.
The bird is very sharp and composition is very nice.
Excellent work Willem.

thank you for this perfect sharp pic. Ori

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-16 5:15]

Thank you Willem for posting this beauty. I never saw one of these birds before TN, and each time I do see one here I have to 'visit' it.
You show the Black Crowned Crane very well, the colours and sharpness are just great. And his Crown is simply amazing. TFS
Janice

High quality shot. Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition.

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