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Balearica


Balearica
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Copyright: Kim van Heuven (krvanheuven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 120] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-02 5:24
Viewed: 3602
Points: 14
[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.

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 28-31 days. Chicks fledge at 56-100 days.

The Grey-crowned Crane is 116 cm tall and weighs 3.5 kg. 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.

There are two subspecies. The East African B. r. gibbericeps occurs from eastern Zaire 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 which breeds from Angola south to South Africa.

The Grey-crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country's flag. Like all cranes, it eats insects, reptiles, and other 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.

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Hi Kim1
What a wonderful hair-do! I would like to have the same!!!
Good job.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-02 8:03]

HI Kim, this is a good portrait. Nice colours and good composition. It's all round a good shot.

Great capture Kim. Great colour. Great details. The beak pointing to the lower right corner makes for a pleasant composition.

Joe

Well composed with very good sharpness, color, exposure and POV. Great work Kim.
Thank You!

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-01-02 10:54]

wonderful portret. Cleare, bright and so detailed. nice and well done photo.
Marjan

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-01-02 12:39]

Excellent, sharp, interesting and beautiful.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-02 15:30]

I love these birds, and what a wonderful portrait of him. Excellent capture showing us all his beauty. Well done, thank you
Janice

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