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National bird of South Africa

National bird of South Africa
Photo Information
Copyright: Patrick Lawrence (patrickb) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 17] (87)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm finepix S9500
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/340 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): National Symbols, Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-20 2:51
Viewed: 48042
Points: 8
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One of the smaller crane species, Blue Cranes are four feet tall and weigh about eleven pounds. Body plumage is silvery bluish gray becoming darker on the upper neck and the lower half of the head and nape. Blue Cranes are one of two species of cranes that do not have bare, red skin on their heads. The feathers of the crown and forehead are light grayish white, while the cheeks, ear coverts and nape are dark ashy gray, which they raise (or fluff) during threat displays, producing a distinctive cobra-like look. Blue Cranes have short bills and black legs. The primary feathers are black or slate gray. The tertial feathers of the wing are long, dark and dangle nearly to the ground, giving this crane an elegant appearance. Males and females are virtually indistinguishable. Juveniles are slightly lighter blue gray than adults, and lack the long wing tertials.

Blue Cranes, the national bird of South Africa, are endemic (only found in a certain region) to southern Africa, with more than 99% of the population occurring within South Africa. The Blue Crane is the national bird of South Africa. A small disjunct breeding population of approximately 60 individuals exists in northern Namibia, in and around Etosha Pan.

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Thank you for sharing the wonder photo. I have never seen a bird like this before. Small at 4 ft.. Wow. Thanks again.

Hi Patrick, Good solid image of this delicate tall bird. Good clarity and colours. The background is natural looking and makes the bird really stand out. Well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-29 20:08]

Hi Patrick
Nice shot and nice model. Good colours, light and sharpnes.

well done


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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-09-10 6:10]

très belle photo
et très belle oiseau
très bons détails et très belles couleurs
bons BG

Hi Patrick ,
what a nice shot.
beautiful bird and you captured that excellnet.
well composition and great sharpness.
nice cadre and well exposed.
thanks for sharing.

I think we have it also in Cyprus. Im not an expert but I think this bird are coming from Africa in winter time.

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