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Siberian crane in wild

Siberian  crane in wild
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Copyright: Seyed Babak Musavi (babak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, SIGMA 500mm f/4,5 APO DG EX
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds' interaction with different bird species [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-30 6:03
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Unfortunately , There are just 1 Siberian white crane Grus leucogeranus in Iran , This bird is winter visitor in Fereidoonkenar area in N of Iran .Status of this bird is Critical in the world ! I think that this shot is unique because you can see two endangered birds in one shot Siberian crane and great spotted eagle . This critically endangered species is now only found in two populations, the eastern and western. A central population of Siberian Cranes once nested in western Siberia and wintered in India. The last documented sighting of Siberian Cranes in India during the winter months was in 2002. There is a high probability this population has been recently extirpated. All but a few existing birds belong to the eastern population, which breed in northeastern Siberia and winter along the middle Yangtze River in China. The western population winters at a single site along the south coast of the Caspian Sea in Iran ( fereidoonkenar area ) and breeds just south of the Ob River east of the Ural Mountains in Russia.The traditional migratory and wintering habitats of this species are under constant pressure from the demands of the growing human population. These include: agricultural development, wetland drainage, oil exploration, hunting, and water development projects. The western population is primarily threatened by hunting whereas the eastern population is at risk from loss of wetland habitat.
Height: 140 cm, 5 ft.
Weight: 6 kg, 13 lbs.
Population: ~2,900-3,000
Trend: Rapid decline
Status: IUCN: CR A3cde, Cites Appendix I, ESA: E; CMS I, II

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Hi dear Babak ,
As always so nice shot at interesting moment.
Very well captured.
Kind regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-30 8:20]

Hi Seyed,
That's a very nice action shot. I like the moment and expressions you captured. TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-30 8:36]

Hello Seyed,
Good to see this action scene with the two unique birds. A fantastic timing. Beautiful natural colours.

thank you for letting us see such a rarity! best regards, Ori

salam babak jan
agha in aks shahkare , vaghean khaste nabashi .
Dear babak , wonderful shot . specially the pose of crane in front of the eagle makes some story to tell .
just i like some more room in left and right of the frame .
Thanks for sharing

Hello Seyed

What a wonderful capture,this is a terrific documentation shot.
The focus is sharp with wonderful detail and natural colour.
Lovely setting.
Great to be at the right place at the right time.


Hello Seyyed.

Really rare photograph of the crane .It is a great image to show the danger that is confinment of the Cranes in wild.Well Timming.


Dear babak , I had seen your rare photographs on Foto.ir many Times ago and wished to see your new works a day and again,I'm happy to find your gallery here again.


Best Wishes


Beautiful action shot of rare birds.
You didn't mentioned what happened next. I would guess the eagle planned to take the crane by surprise. He was spotted, so he decided to go further for less tought preys. Am I right?
The crane does look scared.

excellent photo

Hi Mr Musavi
Just one word can describe your shot: Excellent.

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