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|An adult Common Crane feeding in a freshly cropped field just outside a large marshland where it is breeding. Cranes breed in wetlands around Finland. |
Common Crane (Grus grus)
In: Common Crane Ca: Grua Da: Trane De: Kranich Es: Grulla común Fi: kurki Fr: Grue cendrée It: Gru Nl: Kraanvogel No: Trane Pt: Grou Sv: Trana US: Common Crane Ru: Серый журавль
At rest, Cranes are rather stork-like but with big bushy tails and grey bodies; even from a great distance you'll also see the white stripe through the black head. In flight, the long neck, held outstretched and slightly drooping makes them quite different from the herons and the grey plumage eliminates both of the storks. Their habit of flying in flocks in 'V' formation and making trumpeting calls may cause confusion with geese but the long trailing legs soon scotch that idea.
Breeds in large areas of marsh and bog. Occurs in winter and on passage in open, often agricultural, areas close to large wetlands used for roosting.
Flocks of Cranes in late spring can be watched performing their 'dancing' displays. This usually involves opening their wings and leaping vertically into the air with the legs dangling. Once one bird starts this, others will join in and the whole performance can even be initiated by a human pretending to be a dancing crane. Once the birds are paired off they are more likely to perform different displays involving stretching their necks vertically and trumpeting.
Cranes use two major migration routes. Birds from Scandinavia and the Baltic winter mainly in Spain and Portugal having rested in large numbers in Germany and France. Birds using the eastern flyway migrate to north-east Africa, Turkey and the Middle East after staging in Estonia and Hungary.
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- [2008-10-14 5:52]
very nice colors and composition
very good sharp
- [2008-10-14 9:41]
Nice one of a Common Crane showing the typical brown peat staining on its back. Excellent pose. POV and compostion.
Our cranes have now left us and we have to wait until the spring to see them again.
- [2008-10-14 9:48]
I have never seen a Crane and I don't think many have been shown on TN. A lovely pose with a good view of those wonderful tail feathers and a nice profile of the face. I love the yellow eye, long neck, and the colors of his plummage.
- [2008-10-14 9:54]
Beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Fantastic composition and great details. Superb colors. Well done & TFS!
beautiful shot of the Crane, with a fine POV
and a appropriate vertical framing, i love his legs pose like a X,
- [2008-10-15 3:15]
a brilliant photo of this Crane.
How big is this bird compared to a Grey Heron?
Great composition and POV.
- [2008-10-15 3:49]
About a week ago we still saw Cranes flying south above us but I expect they're all gone now and won't return for a long time! ;-(
This is a beautiful close capture of one in a lovely pose showing its fine plumage and lovely colours. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla