Grey Crowned Crane
|Copyright: Mn Gl (marjan)
|Date Taken: 2007-06-17|
|Camera: Canon EOS 350D|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-01-08 8:44|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Height: ~106 cm, 3 ft.|
Weight: ~3.5 kg, 8 lbs.
Subspecies: Balearica regulorum gibbericeps (East African)
Balearica regulorum regulorum (South African)
The body of the Grey Crowned Crane is mainly gray. The wings are predominantly white, but contain feathers with colors ranging from white to brown to gold. The head is topped with a crown of stiff golden feathers. Cheek patches are white, and a red gular sack is present under the chin. The gular sack is similar to a wattle, except that it can be inflated. Legs and toes are black. The bill is short and dark gray. All crowned cranes have the ability to perch because their long hind toe (hallux) allows for grasping. The subspecies are most easily distinguished by their facial features. The East African crowned crane has a larger area of bare red skin above the white cheek patch than does the South African crowned crane. Males and females are virtually indistinguishable, although males tend to be slightly larger.
ths shot is from Ljubljana ZOO
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Great POV/pose of this Crane. Very good details and color.
I like the BG and verticle shot but miss seeing it's lower legs. TFS, Richard
Preciosa toma Marjan.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi