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Synchronized Cranes

Synchronized Cranes
Photo Information
Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/16, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-13 12:40
Viewed: 3138
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw these two Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC in Canada. I thought that this photo was kind of cute, with them stepping out together. More information about the sanctuary can be found at: http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/.

I wondered about the colouring of these cranes when I saw their orange plumage. Most of the photos I had seen showed them with grey feathers. Although, I did see some pictures with orange also. Information I found on the Web at http://www.savingcranes.org/sandhillcrane.html, has resolved this question. I've pasted below an excerpt from that site:

In many areas, wild Sandhills preen iron-rich mud into their feathers creating a deep rusty brown hue which lasts during spring and summer. As fall advances, these rusty feathers molt and the birds return to their grayish appearance. In some regions, however, iron-rich mud is absent and the birds appear grey all year.

Additional Note:
Thanks to Greg (greghume) for the idea, I have renamed my photo "Synchronized Cranes".

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To Evelynn: Thanks!ubc64 1 08-15 23:10
To Noisette: Thanks!ubc64 1 08-14 17:29
To vanderschelden: Thanks!ubc64 1 08-14 17:21
To lovenature: Thanks, Janice!ubc64 1 08-14 17:14
To greghume: Thanks!ubc64 1 08-13 17:54
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Hi John,
Looks like synchronized hunting. I was also struck by the identical poses. Nice capture and interesting note.

Hello John,
Well done. I kind of like the colors as well as the symmetry within your bitmap.
Extraordinary birds.

Hi John
Excellent capture of these two Sandhill Cranes walking in unison. The name of your photo is catchy. I don't know if I've ever seen a Sandhill this close before. I never knew they had a red spot on their head. Well done.
TFS Janice

Hello John
great shot of this two Sandhills Cranes walking side by side,
I like the composition and the sharp details but also the beautiful colors and the pose of the birds
Have a great WE

This is a nice capture of 2 sandhills... so close to town. Isn't that sanctuary in town?? Most of the cranes I've seen are pretty skittish and take off at the slightest provocation. You weren't so far at 100mm. I sometimes think that they knowingly walk in unison. I have several similar shots. Probably just a lucky coincidence. It is a nicely detailed image.

Evelynn : )

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