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African Grey Crowned Crane II

African Grey Crowned Crane II
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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/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-12 10:14
Viewed: 4411
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African Grey Crowned Crane
Balearica regulorum

Grey Crowned Cranes require mixed wetland-grassland habitats. They typically nest within or on the edges of wetlands, while foraging in wetlands, nearby grasslands, and croplands. Grey Crowned Cranes begin their unison display in varied ways. The main vocalization is a booming call where the crane will inflate the gular sac underneath its chin and push the air out. This calling is done with the head laid against the top of the neck and then tilted back. The crane also produces peculiar honks that are quite different from the loud, bugling calls of other crane species that have much longer coiled tracheas. All cranes engage in dancing, which includes various behaviors such as head pumping, 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.

Nesting usually occurs in wetlands where the vegetation is of a significant height to conceal the cranes on their nests. Nests consist of uprooted grasses and sedges piled and flattened into a circular platform. Grey Crowned Cranes have the largest average clutch size (2-5) of any cranes. Clutch size can vary with altitude. Incubation is performed by both sexes and lasts 28-31 days. While rearing chicks, adult birds will sometimes hide their young in wetlands in the evening, and then fly to roost in trees. Chicks fledge (first flight) at 56-100 days.

Fun Fact

The crowned crane is the most primitive of the living Gruidae. Primitive species of crowned cranes date back in the fossil record to the Eocene period. Archaeologists discovered that at least eleven species of crowned cranes once existed in Europe and North America. Because crowned cranes are not cold hardy, it is believed they died out in these areas as the earth cooled, and only survived in warmer Africa.


Some Jokes

Why was the duck unhappy?
His bill was in the mail.

Which bird does construction work?
The crane!

What kind of doctor treats a duck?
A quack doctor!

Which vacation spot will really make your pet bird sing for joy?
The Canary Islands!

What do you give a sick bird?

What do you call an extremely rude bird
A Mocking Bird!


PP Work:
SLight crop
Reduced for TN

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-04-12 10:28]

Si son ramage ressemble à son plumage...
Bonne journée.

Hi Steph,
Wonderful plumage detail that you are showing here. Great pov and composition. Get the feeling that the eye of this crane looks sleepy:)

I like this black Crane version.
I think he is busy doing some construction work:-)

Hi, Stephanie.
Nice shot. Bird is very sharp and exposure and details are great. The only nit is BG. Some bright elements here are fighting for attention with bird.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-04-12 10:57]

good shot, beautiful colors and clearness. Greetings.Crame.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-12 11:14]

Hi Steph,

A nice and colorfull composition with good colors and sharpness,well done and tfs


Hi Steph,
so close and with excellent sharpness.
I love your birds portrait so much, very well done, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Stephanie,
Very ornate Crane...Excellent capture of the detail..

Hi Steph,
A very sharp image!
I like a lot all the clear details got, thanks to this excellent POV and close approach.
I understand you want to put into this frame all the gorgeous black feathers from the body, but doing so, you crop the upper ones on the head.
Anyways very well done and thanks for show it.
My best regards,

hi Stephanie!
beautiful bird!
sharp and fine picture
with good exposure!
well done!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-12 18:59]
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Hi Stephanie

Great shot of the Crane, nicely presented composition, I really like the tight crop a lot maybe just a little less on top, the detail is excellent and perfectly saturated colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

How do you get 5 donkeys in a Ambulance?

2 on in the Front
2 in the Back
and 1 on top shouting He-Haw He-Haw He-Haw

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-12 19:36]

Hello Stephanie

A beautiful portrait of this regal looking bird.The details are sharp with lovely colours.Excellent DOF and POV.TFS


Lol... This is again a very nice picture Steph with most original presentation :) I like this composition a lot and this lightning that brings beautiful glance in the eye of the crane and nice contrast on its detailed feathers. You managed exposure well with those black feathers. Maybe that you could have got rid of those flairs in BG but somehow, it gives the picture an artistic look too :-) Thanks,

Excellent clarity of this bird.
Really sharp.
Simply superb.


Original cette dame, superbe détails et composition.

Hi Steph,
A very nice shot on this Grey Crowned Crane. Great colors, and there is amazing detail in the plumage. Gotta Luv the punk style hair doo.
Nice shot!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-14 3:02]

Hi Steph

This is really a magnificent portrait!
The clarity of all the details here is impressive and the colors are really superbly exposed.
I love that strong contrast in it's plumage as well as that wonderfully blurred BG (and especially that white light mooving from right to left...that's really a great touch).
Nicely composed, too.

Bravo and TFS

bonjour steph
bien que tu n'ai pas laissé beaucoup de place devant la tête,cela fait un tres bon portrait tres detaillé,le BG est bien flou mais les petit cercle derriere la tête gene un peu je trouve.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-14 11:50]

Hola Stephanie.- I like your photo, very clear and sharp. Well focus. Your note is great and I like the jokes.

I am impressed with the quality of your recent bird shots Stephanie. They are very sharp and the colors are so natural. That must be a very nice bird park. I wish there were one near me.

Evelynn : )

Hello Stéphanie
Bel oiseau bien mis en valeur dans cette composition photographique originale. Jolies couleurs, bonne netteté avec un beau bg flou.
Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-17 5:13]

I love these birds. And I saw them for the first time on TN when I joined a few years ago. Very good clarity, and lighting on teh feathers. Only thing to spoil it is the BG, but hey - I love the bird,

super belle cette photo, ondirait que cet animal nous regarde de travers!!
excellents détails et bonne netteté

Hello Stephanie.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose LUis.

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