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the Grey Crowned Crane

the Grey Crowned Crane
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/7.2, 1/550 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-15 19:19
Viewed: 4396
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Grey Crowned Crane
Balearica regulorum
Height: ~106 cm, 3 ft.
Weight: ~3.5 kg, 8 lbs.
Population: ~58,000-77,000
Subspecies: Balearica regulorum gibbericeps (East African)
Balearica regulorum regulorum (South African)
Trend: Balearica regulorum gibbericeps Declining
Balearica regulorum regulorum Stable
Status: Cites Appendix II


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. Download FREE Grey Crowned Crane images.

The range of the Grey Crowned Crane in eastern and southern Africa stretches from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Kenya to southeastern South Africa. They are non-migratory, but undertake variable local and seasonal movements, and are most abundant in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The South African subspecies occurs in Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. The East African subspecies occurs in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Zimbabwe, and northern Mozambique, and comprises the majority of the total population. The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda.

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Hi Jeanpaul,
Great looking Crane you have captured in this image. I love its crown and the lighting in your photo shows it off well. Nice.

hey jeanpaul,
a great shot of this crowned crane. :)
i like that you included the whole bird, and the lighting was pretty harsh but you managed it well.
ooh, there are 2 zebras in the back! interesting contrast!
Lovely colors too, thanks!


bonjour jeanpaul
belle photo, une espèce que je ne connaissais pas trop, alors merci aussi pour la note,
quelle fierté cet oiseau
tu as su le papturer avec réussite

Hi dear jeanpaul ,
very nice image with beautiful colours.
great sharpness and well composed.
well done.
thanks for sharing

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-04-16 8:34]

Hi Jean Paul,
Great shot good detailes and sharpness.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-16 11:32]

Hi Jeanpaul,

Beautiful crane - all dressed up! Wonderful that you got the whole bird in the shot with good details and nice colors.


Hello JP,
This is a majestic bird, a true Royalty!
Nicely captured, and the crown stands out well in the backlight...
Good details, the plumage looks great!
Pablo -

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-16 15:08]

Hi Jean-Paul.
Very nice capture.I like his pose,his beautiful crown on head and also puffed - out plumage.Good focus and very good managed exposure.Nicely balanced colors too.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-16 15:17]

hi j.paul; nice shot of lovely bird, the light looks good on the wings, nice pov and frame, well composed shot, very nice bg and details
tfs & regards

Beautiful shot of a gorgeous bird, nice work.


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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-04-17 2:43]

Hi JeanPaul!
A very fine capture of this bird - one can see almost everyone of the multicoloured feathers.

Hola Jenpaul.
Hermoso pájaro, con finos y agudos detalles.
Buen encuadre y acertada exposición.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-18 8:17]

Salut JeanPaul,
despite the difficult lighting you managed a very good photo. Wonderful details and the sharpness is great.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-19 23:31]

Hi Jeanpaul, this is a real beauty. I often see a picture of the head, but not often the whole body like this - thank you for showing it this way.
Such a strange looking bird, but very attractive,

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de cette grue, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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