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Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Personal Bird Photos, Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-15 20:32
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Perhaps this should be called a "sand trap" crane since it appears to be very comfortable on a golf course.
The sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) is a large grey crane with a red crown, white cheeks and a long dark pointed bill. Individuals have long dark legs which trail behind in flight and a long neck, kept straight in flight. Adult cranes can reach four feet in height and weigh five to eight pounds, with a wing span of up to six feet. Both sexes look alike.

Their breeding habitat is marshes and bogs in central and northern Canada, Alaska, part of the midwestern and southeastern United States and Siberia. They nest in marsh vegetation or on the ground close to water. The female lays two eggs on a mound of vegetation. Cranes mate for life; both parents feed the young who are soon able to feed themselves. The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old. It can live up to 25 years in the wild; in captivity they have been known to live more than twice that span. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south as a group with their offspring.

Information from Wikipedia.

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Wow, Great shot.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-15 20:42]

Hi Greg,
wow what a georgeous long legged redhead ;-). Nice shot, nice sharp details and natural colors.Good presentation.

good lighting here makes the crane stand out against the background
good eye sharpness and feather detail..
i think i saw a programme on television about the migration tracking plan on these unique birds..they winter in the southern united states?
excellent shot...and you got the feet in...

Hio Greg,
An excellent shot on this Sandhill. I really like the frame filling tight crop here. Good exposure with the nice colors and very sharp detail in the plumage. This looks great to me!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-16 10:46]
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Magnificent capture, Greg. One of my favorite birds in the wide world. Every year I go to the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi, California. I have taken hundreds of sandhill crane pictures, not one decent one in the bunch. I am so jealous. TFS. : )

Hi Greg

Wonderful shot. Good POV and light. Lovely depth of colour. Tack sharp with crisp, clear details. Good work. Thanks.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-16 20:52]

Une superbe présentation de ce grand oiseau.Le sujet est parfaitement éclairé etles détails du plumage sont excellent. Félicitations pour l'exposition des couleurs et le bel environnement qui fait bien ressortir le sujet.

Merci Greg!


An excellent capture of this wonderful crane, Greg.

I have seen them in the wild when travelling across Canada, but never so well as this.

Great colors, details, exposure, POV, pose and eye contact.

I especially like that red cap he is donning...

Nicely done, thank you!

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