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Balearica regulorum I

Balearica regulorum I
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Tanzania
Theme(s): Birds of Africa, Gruiformes I (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-06 5:04
Viewed: 4845
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Grey Crowned Crane has a breeding display involving dancing, bowing, and jumping. It has a booming call which involves inflation of the red gular sac. It also makes a honking sound quite different from the trumpeting of other crane species.
The nest is a platform of grass and other plants in tall wetland vegetation. The Grey Crowned Crane lays a clutch of 2-5 eggs. Incubation is performed by both sexes and lasts 28-31 days. Chicks fledge at 56-100 days.
The Grey Crowned Crane is about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs). Its body plumage is mainly grey. The wings are also predominantly white, but contain feathers with a range of colours. The head has a crown of stiff golden feathers. The sides of the face are white, and there is a bright red inflatable throat pouch. The bill is relatively short and grey, and the legs are black. The sexes are similar, although males tend to be slightly larger. Young birds are greyer than adults, with a feathered buff face. Like all cranes, it feeds on insects, reptiles and small mammals.
Although the Grey Crowned Crane remains common over much of its range, it faces threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution.
The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country's flag and coat of arms.

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This photo is taken in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Tanzania. Original format.

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It is nice to see these two beauties in their native habitat. At least their heads weren't obscured by the grasses. I like the placement of the two against the simple backdrop of wheat colored grasses.

Evelynn : )

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-06 19:16]

Hola Ferran.
Hermosa foto de este par de Grullas en su habiente natural que parece se un muy buen lugar para esonderse.
Saludos Ferran.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-23 2:46]

Hi Ferran,
Im really amazed by your excellent collection of animal shots. they are lovely.
Like this one, a lovely pair that give a splendid compositional style. The grasses on the BG and Fg really make your shot outstanding. A real good one.


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