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His Royal Highness

His Royal Highness
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-06 10:44
Viewed: 3004
Points: 18
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East African Crowned Crane
Balearica regulorum gibbericeps

Slate-grey with white upper and under wing coverts, black primaries and chestnut secondaries; black down on head and top-knot of stiff golden bristles; golden-brown plumes on inner wing coverts: legs and bill are black, eyes light grey, facial skin is white and red, throat lappet is scarlet. Bill is proportionately shorter than in other cranes. Immature are mottled brown. Adult height about forty inches. The East African’s cheek patches are almost entirely white with only a little red at the top.

Found from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Kenya to central Tanzania. Largest concentrations are found in marshes and grassy flatlands near the rivers and lakes; also inhabits cultivated land.

Plants, seeds, grain, insects, frogs, worms, snakes, small fish and the eggs of water animals. They stamp as they walk, flushing insects to eat.

Live in pairs or family parties, building up to flocks of over 100. Gregarious. Roost in riverbeds and trees. Has a trumpeting call “u-wang u-wang”; also has a gutteral grunt. The breeding season varies throughout their range. Lays 2-3 glossy, dirty-white eggs with small brown spots, becoming stained, in a heap of dry grasses in a trampled area of the swamp. Both parents incubate about 4 weeks and feed the young, who soon leave the nest. Life span is 22 years.

This is the only crane to perch in trees, with a partiality for solitary trees that afford a wide view. They fly with neck extended forward with legs stretched horizontally beyond tail, except in cold weather when they tuck their feet under breast feathers.

Perform “slow motion” dances with wing flapping, displaying topknot to full effect. When dancing, birds hop forward with extended wings to form a circle, then circle round each other, dance out away from the center and then hop back again to reform the circle. This is one of a number of species of birds which have provided models for the dances of local tribes. The crowned cranes are “living fossils” among the cranes; they flourished in the Eocene (54-38 million years ago).

This photo was taken at the Oakland Zoo.


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Hello Manyee,

Very beautiful bird you've portraited.
Lovely colors and details.
Contrast and catchlight in the eye of the Royal Highness are wonderful.
Pity the golden colors of his crown disappier a little against the brown color tones of the sand in the BG.
Sharpness and exposure are perfect and due to that all details in the feathers are greatly visible.
Excellent note also. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hi Manyee,
very nice shot.
Sharpness is great and so you can see a lot of details.
The colors are very narutal and well saturated.
Nice POV
TFS Tatjana

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-06 12:31]

Hola Manyee, una toma muy bien definida, con buena luz y color. Excelente detalle. Un saludo

Hello Manyee,
Sharp, well composed and above all I do like that excellent catch light in the Crane's eye.

Hello Manyee,

Excellent capture of this East African Crowned Crane, the detail is superb, wonderful colours, well framed and composed, love that golden crown, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-07 6:26]

Hi Menyee
Lovely portrait.Well composed image with excellent detail.The image is in perfect focus with lovely colors.Good text to.
TFS Michel

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-07 10:20]

Manyee, WoW what a wonderful subject you have posted. Excellent image quality and great view. Fantastic shot. Ganesh

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-09 10:22]

Hi Manye,

Beautiful portrait, she looks so elegant with all her parures!
Excellent focus with outstanding sharpness!
Beautiful light in the eye.
Very well done!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-18 21:31]

Hello Manyee

A super capture of this beautiful crane.
The lighting is very good.
Excellent vibrant colours.
Your POV is wonderful.
Nicely composed in the frame.


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