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Crowned Crane

Crowned Crane
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Copyright: Stephen Earle (StephenE) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 111] (533)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2, Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-04 23:40
Viewed: 4919
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The claim to fame of the Grey-Crowned Crane is that it is one of the only cranes to roost in trees and the most primitive crane – it is thought to resemble the many pre-Pliocene fossils from North America and central Asia. "The first crane-like birds, which appeared in the age of dinosaurs, were somewhat similar in body dimensions to a modern crowned crane or its smaller and more aquatic relative, the limpkin".

The Grey-Crowned Crane is globally restricted to Africa where the South African population, and the populations of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, make up the smaller population of the two subspecies. Within South Africa, this ancient crane has been sighted in the moist, higher rainfall regions of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the North-eastern Free State, as well as the Eastern regions of Mpumalanga. They require a mixture of wetlands and grasslands for summer breeding and foraging although they are increasingly found in man-modified habitats (agricultural lands). The overriding conservation challenge is therefore to develop sustainable management alternatives for their co-existence with agriculture on privately-owned land. This species faces widespread degradation of its breeding and feeding habitats and is still persecuted by landowners in some areas – who think that the bird is eating crops whereas they are more likely to be eating insects on those crops . Over the past two decades, Grey-Crowned Crane numbers have declined by about 15% due to increased human-induced impacts.

Courtesy: http://www.ecotravel.co.za/Guides/Wildlife/Vertebrates/Birds/Grey-Crowned_Crane.htm

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Hi Stephen,
Beautiful POV inflight shot of this incredible Crane
Fine focus detail and pleasing composition
Very nice, TFS

Hello Stephen,

What a lucky feller you are to capture this beautiful Grey-Crowned Crane. What a huge bird is this. Just like a Boeing 747 or the newest Airbus (-: Wonderful natural colours. Sharp and ful of fine details. Pov is splendid. BG and DOF are good. Wonderful photo from a very beautiful bird. Thanks. Regards and TFS BOB

Interesting notes.

Hi Stephen,
A very nice shot. A very beautiful bird, very well capture, with great colors, good background and perfect sharpness.
Greetings, Mike

Great capture of this most beautiful bird. Superb detail of the wings and colouration is great.

Bonjour Stephen,

Très jolie composition , j'aime le choix de ce format carré dans lequel l'oiseau étend ses ailes.
Belles couleurs et beau piqué.
Bravo et merci.


Hi Stephen.
Stunning flight capture. Superb sharpness, detail, exposure and colour with a great placement in the frame.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-05 1:53]

Hello Stephen,
Fantastic sharp photo with a great POV. Lovely natural colours and a very good composition. Beautiful BG.

Hi Stephen,
Stunning capture!
It's so impressive the way you caught this g-c. crane in flight.
Excellent light, proper exposure and the fast shutter speed brings that wonderful detail son the extended wings.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

great capture, TFS Ori

Hello Stephen
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Great focusing,DOF and POV,Welldone.


Hi Stephen

Spectacular shot of this crowned crane
Superb sharpness, and DOF.
Well composed with great exposure.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-05 5:04]

Hi Stephen,
Very nice inflight capture of this beautiful grey-crowned crane with fine lighting, POV and color tones. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-05 6:33]

Hi Stephen
Excellent inflight capture.Good POV and sharp image whit great details.Colors are excellent
TFS Michel

A spectacular photo of this Grey-Crownded Crane...just amazing. You couldn't have painted it better! And really wonderful colors you've captured with the beautiful rust colors and and dark greys on the feathers. Very nicely done!

Hello Stephen,
First time I see this one in flight. Well done..

This is a wonderful sharp capture Stephen. Excellent panning. i love the rich colors of this bird and your photo shows them well.

Evelynn : )

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-11-05 20:08]

Hi Stephen
Excellent action shot
Great sharpness,details and color
tfs jon

Dear Stephen,your gallery is shaping up real nice. These are photos right up my favourite alley. They are very different birds from what I see.
I am familiar with the Pretoria location from some fellow photographers in the region.
About this photo. Your dof and sharp details show very nice. The wing stoppage could not be better. Keep them coming.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-05 22:55]

That is an amazing shot, Stephen.
I have never seen a crowned crane in flight.
This one is really displaying the awe-inspiring wingspan.
The colors and patterns on this bird are so beautiful.
I love the feathers at the tip of the wings all spread out for flight maneuvering.
Very impressive capture.
TFS. : )

Hi Stephen,
Excellent composition and POV, exposure is very well managed, lovely soft background to accentuate the crane's colors. Well done!

yay, wildlife crowned crane!
S*hit its wonderful!
I know this bird only from ZOO!
Damn nice light, great fly, sharpness...WOW

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