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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4 + TC 1.7x II, Fuji Velvia 50
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-02 10:57
Viewed: 5077
Points: 39
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Grey Crowned Crane

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Gruidae
Genus: Balearica
Species: B. regulorum
Binomial name
Balearica regulorum
Bennett, 1834

The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although it nests in somewhat wetter habitats.

There are two subspecies. The East African B. r. gibbericeps (Crested Crane) occurs from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo through Uganda and Kenya to eastern South Africa. It has a larger area of bare red facial skin above the white patch than the nominate B. r. regulorum (South African Crowned Crane) which breeds from Angola south to South Africa.

This species and the closely related Black Crowned Crane are the only cranes that can roost in trees, because of a long hind toe that can grasp branches. This habit, amongst other things, is a reason why the relatively small Balearica cranes are believed to closely resemble the ancestral members of the Gruidae.

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Hi Andrea,
Colorful crane and great captured by you. Nice composition and POV. Sharp and clear. Very well seen. TFS

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-02 11:15]

Hi Andrea,
I've never seen one of these before, what an amazing looking bird. Great shot, good detail and colours, DOF is perfect. A little noise in the background but not too noticeable. Great work!

Hi Andrea,
Great guy... Sooo well captured!
It is a wonderful pose, and the colours are simply awesome...
The darker background behind the head really makes it stand out, well done!
Pablo -

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-02 11:18]

Hi Andrea,
fantastic bird and colours, I like the composition also. Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

great shot
naturel colour of corona is superbe

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-02 14:10]

Hi Andrea,
A great portrait of this beautiful bird! Colors are really great.
TFS, José M.

nice shot!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-02 15:43]

Hi Andrea
Excellent colourful capture of this lovely bird.
The vertical composition shows the crane very well, the colours are stunning, the dark BG enhanced the head beautifully (unfortunately the forehead disappeared a little due to the colour match - not your fault), and the exposure was well managed.
Great work and TFS.

Hello Andrea
Your picture's colours is always beautiful.
Well done.

Beautiful bird, Andrea. What I like the most about it is the fact that thanks to the right POV you managed to capture the light head of the bird against the darker portion of the background making the crown to stand out. Regards,

Hello Andrea,
Incredible colors of this Crane. Perfect exposure and depth in this incredible capture..........

Hi Andrea,
Very sharp image, good details and great colours.
Thanks for sharing!

hi andrea
bonne lumiere et bonne netteté.
les details sont bons.

Hello Andrea,
Nice color and great details. Framed nicely and a good POV. Exposure was handled well also.
Well done and TFS!

What a beautiful bird, Andrea. I love his bright colors and the proud hairdoo on the top. Very nice framing, the green background really highlights him well. Well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-03 19:51]

Hi Andrea
Nice shot. good light and sharpnes.
Well done Andrea


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-06 7:12]

What a superb bird that you have very well captured ! It is an impressive species that I would like to see in real... Interesting complementary note... Congratulations Andrea and thanks for sharing.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-10 3:05]

Hi Andrea.
I like the colors and composition, nice pose, beauty contrast and note, is a good capture.


hi Andrea, This is nice shot of very interesting bird. Excelent explanation and POV.

Interesting pic. I was just visiting your gallery while I got your critique on my Crane.
I was studying 'your 500 mm lens photos in Etosha';-).
So another wildlife shot ...from Kibale.
It is scanned one I suppose. No much experience with that myself. Time;-)!
Bu you will probably admit there is a bit noise in BG.
Nevertheless nice pic and well done

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