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Balearica regulorum

Balearica regulorum
Photo Information
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/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Tanzania
Theme(s): Birds of Africa, Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-10 14:09
Viewed: 4954
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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, of which it is the national bird, and Kenya to eastern South Africa. It has a larger area of bare red facial skin above the white patch than the smaller Balearica regulorum 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.

In the Workshop picture you can see two Grey Crowned Crane in flight

Information source
Personal Wew

This photo is taken in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.

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

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-03-10 15:43]

I have to say that you have a really nice pair (in the WS) of crane's in flight against a wonderful background, but a closer view of one only adds to the detail in the WS.

Great sharpness, DOF and POV in both pictures.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-11 3:40]


Great shots the both of them and I think you could have uploaded the ws version as posting,well captured with good colors and sharpness,TFS



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-03 5:49]

Hi Ferran,
thank you for your query in my dew shot.
As for this bird, indeed it is very pretty and elegant.
You have presented it very well in showing all those.
well composed with lighting well done and blurring to make the bird stands out sharply.


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