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Grey Crowned Crane

Grey Crowned Crane
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-28 7:25
Viewed: 4622
Points: 36
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This photo has been taken at Masai Mara. The colors of the bird looks splendid. Thanks for standing by.

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. This animal does not migrate.

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 nominate species, 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.

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 2831 days. Chicks fledge at 56100 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 eats grass seeds and insects, along with other invertebrates.

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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hello Sujoy
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Excellent composition, good details and colours. regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-28 8:24]

Beautiful shape and colors of the bird captured well. tfs.

Hello Sujoy,
Splendid bird with outstanding colors and details.
It is a excellent composition with such lovely clarity and perfect focus.
Thanks for sharing!

Great use of the lighting to make this gorgeous bird stand out so well against the field in the background. very sharp, too.

Hello Sujoy,
Nice photo of this Grey Crowned Crane. Beautiful colours and good sharpness. Taken from a good low POV. Two tips: Try to make the photo when you got eye contact, which is sometimes very difficult. And post the bird more out of the centre for a more attractive composition. You can crop a piece from the right side.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-28 9:24]

Hi SUjoy.A beautiful specie taken in a very elegant position and whit the usual great class! My best compiments,have a nice week,Luciano

Hello Sujoy
Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness. The lighting is fantastic.

Hello Sujoy, this beautiful image and perfect capture of this bird. Hello Paul

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-28 12:28]

Hello Sujoy.
A wonderful shot with amazing details of plummage. I love the tail feathers. Lovely natural colors and a wonderful natural setting.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Sujoy,
a very beautiful picture of the Grey Crowned Crane, fine details and beautiful natural colours, nice composition
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-28 12:32]

Hi Sujoy,
Excellent photo of this species and very useful presentation too, TFS!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-03-28 13:35]

Hello Sujoy !
Nice to meet you here in TN for the first time!
What a lovely pic from this amazing bird! Masai Mara...this name make me dreem... You are so lucky to take a pic in such place !The colors are very nice and the composition very elegant.Good sharpness and ligthness.Good job indeed!
Have a nice week!

hello Sujoz
congratulations for the beautiful photo, great sharpness, beautiful colors, excellent POV.
Interesting notes attached
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

hello Sujoy, this is a very good image, the pose of bird, your POV ceate a beautiful photo!
regards Nasos

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-30 6:02]

Hello Sujoy,
very beautiful bird and you have shown it so beautiful. The colours are special and and the details are well defined.
The background enhances the view too.


Hello Sujoy,
Beautiful presentation for this species with fine details and lovely colours captured from perfect POV. If there is something to be changed in this picture it would be composition. I would not put the subject in the middle.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-04-06 10:41]

Hi Sujoy!
Excellent portrait of this wonderful bird, captured with perfect sharpness and fine details.
Splendid natural colours.
Very well done: congratulations.
ciao! Vanda

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