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Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane
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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: 2007-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Florida
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-20 2:04
Viewed: 3338
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sandhill Crane
Grus canadensis

Grue Canadienne, Grue de Canada (French)
Grulla, Grulla Cenicienta, Grulla del Canada (Spanish)

The Sandhill Crane is a tall gray bird of open grasslands, meadows, and wetlands. It congregates in huge numbers in migration.

Cool Facts:
The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old. It can live up to the age of 20. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south as a group with their offspring.

Size: 120 cm (47 in)
Wingspan: 200 cm (79 in)
Weight: 3400-4900 g (120.02-172.97 ounces)
Very large bird.
Long neck.
Long Legs.
Gray body, may be stained reddish.
Red forehead.
White cheek.
Tufted feathers over rump.
Sexes look alike, male slightly larger.
Immature similar to adult, but mottled gray and brown, and without facial markings or bald forehead.

A deep, rolling trumpet and rattling.

Breeds across Alaska and Canada, eastward to western Quebec, and southward to northern United States. Also in scattered localities across western United States. Also in Siberia. Resident in southern Florida and Cuba.
Winters in southern United States and northern Mexico.

Breeds in open marshes or bogs, and in wet grasslands and meadows. Feed in marshes and grain fields.

Mostly grains and seeds, some insects, other invertebrates, and small vertebrates.

Nest: Large mound of vegetation in water, floating or attached to vegetation.
Eggs: Pale brownish, irregularly marked with darker brown.
Condition at Hatching: Covered with down and able to walk soon after hatching. Feed themselves within one day..

This photo was taken at an animal park.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-20 5:02]

hi Manyee,
très belle image, la composition diagonale est bien trouvée. Excellente netteté et couleur.

good job

Ce cou qui surgit du coin de la photo est tout à fait original.
Bonne journée.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-20 7:59]

This is a good portrait of this beautiful bird. The colours and details are nice and sharp. And I love your POV Manyee - he's very well placed. Well done

Good image, Manyee.
Well composed.
Special dark colours or in American English 'colors':-)

Hi Manyee,

Great shot of this beautyful Crane
Compo, colour, sharpness and details are PERFECT
beautyfull lighting

TFS Thijs

A beautifull shot Manyee nicely composed portrait. Lovely light and good focus on eye tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Manyee, :)

This is a beautiful portrait of this Sandhill, they are such majestic birds. You have excellent sharpness and rich colours, love the reflections in the water! Very well composed, take care and thank you for sharing. Also thank you for taking the time to look at my work.


I like the crop you chose for this image. The sharpness of the eye is super and the bit of action adds so much to the composition. There seems to be a slight yellow cast to this image but not as noticeable as the previous one. It's really a great shot.

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-20 23:03]

Hello Manyee

Wow super sharp ,well focused image.The details are amazing.Very good POV and DOF.The colours are natural and well saturated.TFS


  • stevkds Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 275 W: 11 N: 411] (1811)
  • [2007-04-21 17:57]

Hi Manyee.
Amazing photo. Excellent detail. This is really very good balanced shot. well done. tfs. Stev

This is a fqntastic clear shot of the sandhill crane Manyee I really like the light on this one as it shows perfect detail and colors. :)

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