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African Grey Crowned Crane I

African Grey Crowned Crane I
Photo Information
Copyright: Stephanie Loh (greenpinkorange) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds in Singapore, Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-23 6:34
Viewed: 3516
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No more parrots!!! :)

Here is the African Grey Crowned Crane!
(Balearica Regulorum)

The body of the Grey Crowned Crane is mainly gray. The wings are predominantly white, but contain feathers with colors ranging from white to brown to gold. The head is topped with a crown of stiff golden feathers. Cheek patches are white, and a red gular sack is present under the chin. The gular sack is similar to a wattle, except that it can be inflated. Legs and toes are black. The bill is short and dark gray. All crowned cranes have the ability to perch because their long hind toe (hallux) allows for grasping. The subspecies are most easily distinguished by their facial features. The East African crowned crane has a larger area of bare red skin above the white cheek patch than does the South African crowned crane. Males and females are virtually indistinguishable, although males tend to be slightly larger.

Juveniles are generally grayish, the upper body feathers are edged with rufous, and the lower body feathers are sandy buff. The nape is brown, the face is feathered and buffy, and the crown is spiky and golden buff.

Lame Joke:

What bird can lift the most???


PP Work:
Reduced for TN

peter_stoeckl, kag, livios, ramthakur, MMM, scottevers7, izler, JORAPAVI has marked this note useful
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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-23 6:52]

A good close up of this bird. Good colour, focus and composition. well done. TFs.

Hi Stephanie,
elegant portrait, well framed, with pleasantly subtle colours, a well chosen background, well balanced composition, instructive notes.
And thanks for that lovely "Lame Joke".
With best regards,

Stephanie, I've never seen one of them in person.

This is a great capture with a great subject.

I do enjoy composition and pov, as well as exposure.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-03-23 10:01]

nice capture a little dark and soft focus nice expression and good composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-23 11:28]

Hi Stephanie,

Such a pretty Crane. I LOVE the crown. Beautiful colors - nice details - and a pleasure to see.


Very ornate portrait, Steph.
In addition to a fine capture, you have edited it well to make an exceedingly attractive presentation.
Thanks for sharing the picture of this lovely bird.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-23 12:01]

Hi Stephanie,
What a super portrait of this Crane it is a perfect shot.
Sharp, detailed and a perfect pose.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-23 15:41]

Hello Stephanie
Very good portrait.Very sharp whit very nice color.Excellent POV & DOF
TFS Michel

Hi Stephanie,
Maybe not a parrot, but every bit as exotic and beautiful! Very nice colors and detail in the plumage from the spot on exposure. Good contol on the DOF has a nice OOF backround.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-24 19:44]

hello Stephanie
i see nice portrait photo of a beautiful crane. i like composition, point of view, background, colours, details, framing and pp working
thanks for sharing

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-25 0:12]

Hello Stephanie

A wonderful portrait of this grey crowned crane.The details are sharp and the DOF and POV are very good.Well focused and well composed.TFS


Hi Stephanie , You seem to have beaten me into posting the photo of the crane here :-). I had a few pictures of this bird taken in Singapore Zoo. Very beautiful bird.

Very good details but felt a higher f stop, say f8 could have yeilded more details. Other than that I see no major drawback. It is perfect.

TFS, regards, Kiran.

Hola Stephanie,
Bella foto con una cresta muy coqueta, los colores muy bonitos, gran nitidez, luz y fondo muy agradables. Un cordial saludo

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