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White Naped Cranes - 1st TN Posting

White Naped Cranes - 1st TN Posting
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 3, Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like), Wildlife of Japan, Reflections, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-31 6:12
Viewed: 8897
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the same location as the Hooded Crane posting - the Izumi over-wintering site on Kyushu. To be honest both shots are misleading - it was difficult to get lone birds as there were so many - but in a very localised area.

White-naped Cranes breed in northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China, and adjacent areas of southeastern Russia. Birds in the western portion of the breeding range migrate south through China, resting at areas on the Yellow River delta, and wintering at wetlands in the middle Yangtze River valley. Approximately 2,000 birds in the eastern portion of the breeding range migrate south through the Korean peninsula. Several hundred remain on wintering grounds in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. The remainder continues on to the Japanese island of Kyushu where they rely heavily upon an artificial feeding station located outside the city of Izumi.

White-naped Cranes are the only crane species with pinkish legs and a dark gray and white striped neck. The white hind neck and nape, surrounded by an extensively reddish face patch, also serve to identify this species Adult plumage is dark gray and wings and wing coverts are silvery gray. Males and females are virtually indistinguishable, although in breeding pairs males tend to be slightly larger in size than females.

Juvenile’s heads and necks are covered with cinnamon brown feathers while the tail and flight feather are blackish gray.

Habitat & Ecology:

Breeding habitat includes shallow wetlands and wet meadows in broad river valleys, along lake edges, and in lowland steppes or mixed forest-steppe areas. White-naped Cranes nest, roost, and feed in shallow wetlands and along wetland edges, foraging in adjacent grasslands or farmlands. During migration and on their wintering grounds, they use rice paddies, mudflats, other wetlands and agricultural fields. White-naped Cranes are excellent diggers. The White-naped Crane is often found in the company of other crane species that also occur within their range, including Red-crowned, Hooded, Demoiselle, and Eurasian Cranes.

Mated pairs of cranes, including White-naped Cranes, engage in unison calling, which is a complex and extended series of coordinated calls. The birds stand in a specific posture, usually with their heads thrown back and beaks skyward during the display. In White-naped Cranes, the female initiates the display and utters two calls for each male call. The male always lifts up his wings over his back during the unison call while the female keeps her wings folded at her sides. All cranes engage in dancing, which includes various behaviors such as bowing, jumping, running, stick or grass tossing, and wing flapping. Dancing can occur at any age and is commonly associated with courtship, however, it is generally believed to be a normal part of motor development for cranes and can serve to thwart aggression, relieve tension, and strengthen the pair bond.

Height: ~130 cm, 4 ft.
Weight: ~5.6 kg, 12 lbs.
Population: ~4,900-5,300
Trend: Declining

Taken with 300mm 2.8 + 1.4x converter

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Hi James,
The pose of these two White Naped Cranes are beautiful. Nice setting with the pool of shallow water. The reflection and ripple at live to this picture. Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-31 7:11]

Hello James,
Once again, congratulations on this TN first, not only that, but the shot itself is so superb. The pose of these two White-naped cranes is wonderful in thi composition and technically this image is excellent.
Another one for my favourites!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-31 7:19]

Hi James
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image.I like that reflextion and pose from your subjects.
TFS Michel

Hello James,

What a beautiful couple. Very nice compo. Nice colors. Sharp and ful of fine details. Even there is a bit reflection from this birds. POV, BG and DOF are good. Nice shot. Interesting notes. Greetings and TFS BOB

Something like a "quad shot"...with crossed necks and reflections...pretty neat concept...makes my eyes cross but not in a bad way...??? Not sure what a good way would be....very interesting way to present..I enjoy change!!

Hello James
Wonderful shot of these White Naped Cranes ,
Perfect focusing,reflection and colors,
Superb shot my friend.

Good Luck

Wonderful capture - and yet another crane I learned about! Very elegant bird - and you captured it very well! Bravo ! Cheers, Klaus

Hello James
Recently, you introduce greatly some little known, without photographs on TN at least, crane species. This is one of them and this shot great with nice POV, focus, composition, colors and lighting. white balance and reflection on the water also great as much as red part around eyes. always good and informative notes.
I change my selection for today's post. I will also post another and relatively common crane.
Thanks for showing us. all the best

Hello James,
Thank you for this wonderful 1st and best posting of White Naped Cranes!
the exposure and focus is spot on with perfect sharpness, awesome colour and sharp details
very well done indeed

Beautiful shot, James.
The birds poses together and your composition are wonderful.
Beautiful birds well see here. Fine work, TFS

beautiful pair! TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-31 12:09]

Hi James. You have captured a fine shot of the pair of beautiful lookin birds. a good compostion with the refection in the water. good detail and natural looking colours. well done TFS. good notes too,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-31 12:29]

Hello James,
Nice to see a 1st timer here in TN, you present
us with rare and exciting images all the time
Thanks so much for sharing.. Great image, POV,
and composition.. Well done


hello James

looking at the thumbnail i love the effect that giveme the little image,
it was like if this two lovely birds where roll up (in French « enroulé »),

lovely pose of the Cranes each one looking at one side,
i love your vertical framing with the reflexions on the image



Hi James,
Congratulations on a first, what a excellent pose to capture of these two Naped Cranes, beautiful reflection in the water and well framed all the best Cheers Rick :)

Beautiful image Janes - very well done. Makes me want to jump on a plane and fly to Kyushu.....Hmmm, I could take tomorrow off..... I love cranes and this shot is just stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-01-31 22:02]

Hello James, very nice contribution with this shot of these White Naped Cranes. They've given you a very fortuitous pose and it looks like you've capitalized on it, picking them up with decent detail and reflected in that shallow water. Nicely done.

Thanks, John

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-01 0:43]

Hi James,
lovely couple, beautiful moment captured :)
nice composition and details,
best regards, Dejan

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-01 0:54]

Hi James,
They look great... I liked the composition, lighting and the pose you captured. Thanks for sharing this posting.
Best wishes,

Hi James

Awesome shot. The cranes look majestic as they alwyas do, but your composition, their pose and the excellent content of habitat (especially the steely grey water in the foreground) is superb.

TFS and Best


Hi James,
Congrats, it's always great to catch a rare species and then if the picture are this good is more than great.
Well composed with lovely colours and very good sharpness with fine details.
Beautiful work.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-01 2:38]

Congratulations once again for showing TN a new animal!!
This is a perfect photo of these two!
The low-down POV is exceptional.
Very, very sharp with great clarity.
I love the diffused water in the FG and the blurred BG.
Nice colours and even eposure.
Very well done James!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-01 3:21]

Hello James,
It is hard to keep up with all your wonderful and interesting captures! These beautiful cranes are new to me and your capture is superb. Very sharp and well composed and the colours and the reflections are beautiful. Congratulation on capturing these rare birds!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Your recent visit to Japan has apparently been very successful in terms of the wealth of great pictures you have shot during the trip, James.
I love this pair of beautiful Cranes. The image is sharp with immaculate focus, colours and details.
TFS and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-01 11:04]

Hello James,
Wonderful photo of this special Cranes. Very beautiful clear colours. Great pose and very good sharpness. Excellent POV and reflection.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 15:32]

Hello James,
Great pose well captured by your great camera work. This composition is fantastic with a nice reflection as a bonus. Lovely work James on a species I haven't seen before.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-01 17:32]

Hi James, are you on a contract for National Geographic or the BBC, something? Your pictures are absolutely wonderful. this one is almost oniric by the reflection and the light yet it is so natural and alive. What a fantastic composition, you master the lens perfectly. I love the pose, for sure, but the land right behind them contrasts nicely with the red of their heads, the blue tone of their back feathers unite with the water... it is beautiful and a real pleasure to contemplate! Thank you,


Very nice image with refelction James, the vertical framing makes these Cranes look even more graceful IMO.
How do you check to see if this species has not been posted before BTW?
I didn't think TN was that organized ;}
Well done!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-02 9:29]

Hello James, congrats on this great shot of those beautiful birds, I like everything in it, wonderful ! Thanks for posting this,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-02 11:23]

Hi James

Sorry for the big delay, but i had internet problems and i also left town today for a while :(

This is really a splendid shot, but probably most of all a great act for all of us TN-ers, to meet this magnificent species for the first time! Thank you for this pleasure, my friend!
Excellent composition and very beautiful and delicate poses of the two cranes. I really like teh colors and the sharpness of the details, too.

Bravo and Really TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-02-04 3:08]

Hi James

Seems like you're on a quest to bring in TrekNature firsts. Great stuff.

If the one in the back just held its head up a little you would have shot a perfect X from these two. Hats off for the patience and persistence to get this shot with the isolated birds. The reflections add to the mood of the shot and the DOF was spot-on to render the FG & BG well OOF. Great colour definition and details are visible.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-05 10:35]

Hi James.
Amazing first cranes posting. I like pictured scene and moment. Timing is really wonderful. Birds, their postures, nice BG and attractive mirror reflections create a charming nature work. Bravo and kind regards.

How romantic and I love the reflections on the water. Great job.

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