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Sarus Crane

Sarus Crane
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Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-22 2:33
Viewed: 3867
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Sarus Crane I photographed at the zoo called Dierenpark Amersfoort, wich I visited last October.

From the internet:

The Sarus Crane, Grus antigone is an all-year resident breeding bird in northern Pakistan and India (especially Central India and the Gangetic plains), Nepal, Southeast Asia and Queensland, Australia. It is a very large crane, averaging 156 cm (5 ft) in length, which is found in freshwater marshes and plains.

Adults are grey with a bare red head and white crown and a long dark pointed bill. In flight, the long neck is kept straight, unlike herons, and the black wing tips can be seen; their long red or pink legs trail behind them. The sexes do not differ in color, but young birds are duller and browner. On average the male is larger than the female; Indian males can attain a maximum height of approximately 200 cm (6.6 ft), with a wingspan of 250 cm (8.5 ft), making them the world's tallest living flying bird. The average weight is 7.3 kg (16 lbs), so they are lighter-weight than Red-crowned Cranes.

In Australia, the Sarus can easily be mistaken for the Brolga. The Brolga has a more widespread distribution across Australia, and its red colouring is confined to the head.

These birds are usually seen in small groups of 2-5 and they forage while walking in shallow water or in fields, sometimes probing with their long bills. They are omnivorous, eating insects, aquatic plants and animals, crustaceans, seeds and berries, small vertebrates, and invertebrates.

It nests on the ground, laying two to three eggs in a bulky nest. Unlike many cranes which make long migrations, the Sarus Crane does not; there is some short-distance dispersal however. Both the male and female take turns sitting on the nest, and the male is the main protector. They tend to mate for life.

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Hi Nel,
This is an uncommon bird to me!
I like your POV and the pose caught, in which we can appreciate its head details and how it looks like.
You keep all the feather's whites under control.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-22 13:39]

Hello Nel
What a curious bird this Sarus Crane! I like very much the portrait that you made to it. He seems to be posing for you. Excellent sharpness with very good contrast and DOF. I like the eye-contact, the framing, and composition.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Nel!

A very uncommon bird to me too. I've never seen like this before.
Excellent sharpness and lots of details.

Greetings on TrekNature as well ... Ileana :o)

Hi Nel, superb portrait with splendid colors, excellent details and great sharpness, wonderful contrast with dark BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Nel,
Maybe not the prettiest of birds...
However it is a nice portrait, good details in the plumage and the colours are well reproduced!
Interesting light makes the bird stand out an the darker background, effective framing...
Pablo -

It looks like an overgrown turkey. It's UGLY too. NOT YOUR FAULT.
You have done a great job; you are making it look FABULOUS.
Love your notes.
Best regards from Calgary,

bonjour NELLY
je te félicite pour cette magnifique prise
belle macro aux couleurs chatoyantes et bonne netteté, bon bg
excellent travail
merci a toi

Hello Nel,
What a beautiful and unusual bird! It looks like a Master's portrait! Tones of colors, composition and exposure are superb. Well done with good details too. Thanks,

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