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Grus vipio (Antigone vipio)

Grus vipio (Antigone vipio)
Photo Information
Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus OM D EM1, Zuiko 50-200mm - 1:2.8-3.5
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-24 17:29
Viewed: 1955
Points: 6
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Antigone vipio (Grus vipio) (Pallas, 1811)

This is the "White-naped crane", native from China, Russia, Mongolia and Japan mainly. His habitat includes Boreal Forests (Taiga), Flooded Grasslands and Savannas, Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests from those countries. Photography taken in the reserve from “Le Château de Sauvage” (close to Chartres near Paris in France).

Phyllogenetic classification
• Biota / Eucaryotes / Unicontes / Opisthocontes / Choano-organismes / Métazoaires / Eumetazoaires / Bilatériens / Deuterostomiens / Chordata / Craniata / Vertebrata / Gnathostomata / Sarcopterygii / ………. / Amniota / Diapsida / Archosaumorpha / Archosauria / Dinausoria / Theropoda / Coelurosauria / Aves / Neornithes / Neoaves / Gruiformes / Gruidae / Grus vipio

Brief description

This crane is identifiable by the large circle of bare, red skin around each eye. The feathers are grey in most of the body of the crane. The throat is white with a black stripe running from the crown to the nape of the neck. The long legs are pinkish in colour. Iris is brown to red. There is a hole in the upper part of the beak. The beak is quite long and relatively sharp and dangerous. Young birds are smaller, brown head and pale brown throat.

This crane is sometimes very familiar, coming to see you and to control what is happening. Nevertheless, be careful with this crane: stay quite when the crane is close to you. Otherwise, the crane can have an aggressive defensive reaction (it seems that it happened a few years ago in the reserve).

IUCN status is “on the red list”, classified “vulnerable”. The total population at the moment is around 6,500 individuals, declining slowly.


• Links

o French birds’ database – White-naped crane
o Denis Lepage – Canadian birds’ database, International Birdlife member – White-naped crane
o Birdlife – White-naped crane
o Cornell University birds’ database - Gruidae
o Encyclopedia of life (EoL) – White-naped crane
o A comprehensive and well documented description of Grus vipio
o Another comprehensive and well documented description of Grus vipio
o Gruiformes phylogenetic classification (TolWeb)
o Gruidae phylogenetic classification (TolWeb)
o Grus vipio phylogenetic classification (TolWeb)
o Petit guide d’identification des oiseaux
o Beaks of the birds – Adaptation
o Tre of life/a>
Paleontology and biodiversity

• Books

o Guide ornitho – Lars Svenson / Killian Mullarney et Dan Zetterström – Éditions Delachaux et Niestlé
o Les oiseaux de France – Jean-Claude Chantelat – Solar édition
o Les oiseaux de Méditerranée – Paul Sterry – Edisud/La Compagnie des Éditions de la Lesse
o La Garrigue grandeur nature – Jean-Marie Renault – Les Création du Pélican / Vilo
o Précis de Sciences Biologiques - Zoologie / Vertébrés – P.P.Grassé et Ch.Devillers – Masson et Compagnie
o Précis de Sciences Biologiques – Botanique – P.P.Grassé et autres
o Classification phylogénétique du vivant – G.Lecointre et H.Le Guyader – Tomes 1 et 2 – Belin éditeur
o L’Encyclopédie des animaux – Jenni Bruce, Kareen MacGhee, Luba Vangelova, Richard Vogt – University of California Press (Très bon guide illustré).
o Le monde du vivant – Traité de biologie – W.K.Purves, G.H.Horians, H.C.Heller. – Sciences Flammarion et Sinauer Associates Incorporated – Massachusetts.


• Date of shooting 28/10/2014 11:16:36
• Place of shooting Réserve zoologique du Château de Sauvage (Émancé, close to Chartres – France)
• Latitude 48.585891 N
• Longitude 01.741848 E

• Camera

o Objectif ZUIKO MinFocalLength 50 MaxFocalLength 200 Aperture 1: 2,8 / 3.5

• Picture Specification’s

o ImageWidth 4640
o ImageLength 3472
o BitsPerSample 16
o Compression Uncompressed
o Orientation Horizontal

• Shooting’s conditions

o Light source Fine weather
o Metering mode Center weighted average
o Picture mode Vivid
o Exposure mode Aperture priority AE
o Focus mode Manual
o Focus process AF not used
o Aperture f/8
o ExposureTime 1/400
o ISO Speed Rating 1000
o FocalLength 147
o White Balance Temp 5300°K
o Noise Reduction none
o Shading Compensation off
o Contrast normal
o Saturation normal
o Sharpness normal
o Mode image Vivid

Post treatment

Formation au post-traitement numérique

• Developpment of the raw file Olympus (*.orf) with DxO OpticsPro 11

• Light

o Compensation exposition manual / correction -0.25
o DxO smart lighting uniform – light – Intensity 25
o Selective ton -25 / 0 / 0 / 0
o DxO clear view 25
o Contrast 0 – 25 – 0 / 0 – 0 – 0)
o Curve of tonnality none
o Vigneting Auto, detected lens based – Intensity 100 – Preservation 50

• Colour

o White Balance Temperature 5055°K – Hue -9
o Colours’ Accentuation vibrance 15 saturation 0
o Colour’s rendering Referenced camera - Intensity 100 – Saturated colours protection – 1
o TSL none

• Details

o Noise reduction prime luminance 40 – chrominance 100 – Low frequencies 75 – Pixel
missing 25
o Lens sharpness Globale 0.00 – Détails 50 – Bokeh 50
o Aberration chromatique Auto – Lateral – Intensity 100 – Size 6 – Blurr OK

• Geometry

o Horizon 0.00°
o Recroping Manual – Size ratio 4/3
o Recroping area of 4608 x 3456 px from 4608 x 3456 px


• Opening of the created tiff file with corel paint shop pro
• Mappage local hue intensity 2.0 block size 12
• High pass sharpness Intensity 50 radius 15.00
• Treknature compatible resizing (max 800x800 – maximum weight 300)
• Jpg publication – normal compression - intensity 12 – mode YCbCr 1x1 1x1 1x1

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Hi Philippe
Nice close up. The eye and the beak have come out very well. Sharp image with good color. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Philippe,
What an attractive close-up of this beautiful White-naped crane. The focus is super sharp, allowing us to view its wonderful facial features in fine detail. The beak is quite unique looking, almost as if it has been carved out of a piece of driftwood. Awesome eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight visible. Exposure is perfect!
Your White-naped crane reminds me alot of the Sandhill Cranes which I see each spring migrating through Ohio.

Hello Philippe,
un bon cadrage sur la tête, netteté parfaite.
C'est bien fait, les couleurs sont magnifiques
Bon dimanche

Beautiful profile picture of this White-Naped Crane, Philippe. Bit crop from upper portion would have been more appealing for such profile picture in my test.
But personally I don't prefer zoo or captivity picture.
Thanks for showing,

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