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Sandhill Crane v2

Sandhill Crane v2
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Copyright: Chris T Pehlivan (CTP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-18 14:22
Viewed: 4118
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Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,
This is another Sandhill Crane photo that I took in Crystal River,FL during my vacation.
I hope you like it:)
Cheers and Have a Great Holidays,

The sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) is a large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia.

Adults are grey; they have a red crown, white cheeks and a long dark pointed bill. They have long dark legs which trail behind in flight and a long neck that is kept straight in flight. Immature birds do not have a red crown; they have reddish brown upperparts and grey underparts. Adult cranes can reach four to five feet in height and weigh nine to twelve pounds, with a wing span of up to seven feet. Both sexes look alike.

Their breeding habitat is marshes and bogs in central and northern Canada, Alaska, part of the midwestern and southeastern United States and Siberia. They nest in marsh vegetation or on the ground close to water. The female lays two eggs on a mound of vegetation. Cranes mate for life; both parents feed the young, called colts, who are soon able to feed themselves. The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old. It can live up to 25 years in the wild; in captivity they have been known to live more than twice that span. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south as a group with their offspring.

Birds on the Gulf of Mexico are permanent residents. Others migrate to the southwestern United States south to Mexico. The Platte River at the edge of Nebraska's Sandhills in the American midwest is an important stopover for up to 450,000 of these birds during migration. This crane is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

These birds forage while walking in shallow water or in fields, sometimes probing with their bills. They are omnivorous, eating insects, aquatic plants and animals, rodents,livestock, seeds and berries. Outside of the nesting season, they forage in large flocks, often in cultivated areas.

This crane frequently gives a loud trumpeting call that suggests a French-style "r" rolled in the throat. Sandhill Cranes in flight can be differentiated from herons in that they fly with their necks extended and by their nearly constant calls.

Sandhill Cranes have been used as foster parents for Whooping Crane eggs and young in reintroduction schemes for that species, a project which failed as these foster-raised Whooping Cranes did not recognise other Whooping Cranes as their conspecifics—attempting instead, unsuccessfully, to pair with Sandhills.

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Unusual POV for this pic!
Good details, colors and notes.

this is a really great shot of the Crane doing a bit of daily grooming. Wonderful POV. As an aside, I see flocks fly over me very low each night during the summer as they return from their day of feeding in fields to their roosting areas near the water. Their loud and distinct calls, giving their locations away constantly.

Hello Chris,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Chris,
Superb close up shot! Great sharpness and very fine details. DoF was perfect, neat blurry BG. Most of all, very interesting post of this crane.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-18 16:26]

Hola Cris, muy original este disparo, buenos colores, agradable composición... saludos

Merhaba Tolga,
Very nice portrait & composition that you show here. I like it.
My Evaluations: (5 is the best)
Creativity : 5
Composition : 5
Aesthetic : 5
Technique : 5
Informativity : 5

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-18 17:46]

Hi Chris,
Impressive compostion, eye-catching pose. An original an artistic photo!
TFS, José M.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-18 17:53]

merhaba dostum
bu sevimli ve de guzel modeli galiba temizlik esansinda yakalamissin. kompozisyon, bakis noktasi, alan derinligi etkisi, fokus, renkler, detaylar ve netlik super olmus
eline saglik

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-18 19:56]

What a great close-up of this sandhill crane, Chris.
And a very original POV too.
I really like the pose and those red eyes.
TFS : )

Merhaba Tolga
Harika yakalamışsınız.Farklı ve ilginç bir kare olmuş.Eline sağlık.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-19 3:41]

Hello Chris,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,colors,pose of sandhill crane,BG,framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!

Hi Chris,
Very interesting shot of the this beautiful crane.
Nice pose.
Excellent details and sharpness.

Hi Chris,
Interesting pose well captured!
I guess the bird was so busy grooming she didn't notice the photographer...
Great colours and sharp fine detail in the feather coat, situation is well framed!
Pablo -

Hi Chris,
Good compo; well done!

Merhaba Tolga,
Excellent composed and exposed shot! Details and sharpness of this beautiful brird!
Take care Ana:)

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