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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-22 3:59
Viewed: 4017
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wattled Crane (Grus carunculatus)

The Wattled Crane is the largest and rarest of the six crane species that occur in Africa. There are no subspecies. Most are found in south-central Africa. Smaller populations are found South Africa. Over the last several decades, the species has been declining over much of its range.

The South Africa population is critically endangered.

The Wattled Crane is the most aquatic of Africa’s cranes. Extensive sedge/grass wetlands in floodplains are their preferred feeding and nesting habitat, but they also rely on smaller wetlands throughout their range.

The Wattled Crane’s diet is composed primarily of aquatic vegetation. Wattled Cranes also forage for grain, grass seeds, and insects in drier upland habitats and utilize agricultural fields when convenient. In Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, the population’s main breeding area, Wattled Cranes take advantage of beetle larvae and other invertebrates that occur in the spoil heaps.

The Wattled Crane’s reproductive rate is low. The average clutch size is lowest of any of the cranes. Pairs usually produce just one egg per clutch. Occasionally two eggs are laid, but only one chick is reared. The incubation period (usually 33-36 days) is the longest of any crane. Chicks do not fledge until at least 90-130 days of age. These are the longest fledging period of any crane, and render the young particularly vulnerable to predation by people and animals.

The destruction, alteration, and degradation of wetland habitats constitute the most significant threats to the Wattled Crane. Hydroelectric power projects and other water development schemes have caused fundamental changes in the species’ expansive floodplain habitats. Hydroelectric dams alter natural flooding regimes, reducing stream flow during the rainy season and increasing it during the dry season. This not only diminishes the extent of the floodplain habitat, but alters vegetation and facilitates burning of grasslands, thus reducing suitable breeding and feeding areas.

There are less that 1,000 of these spectacular birds left in the wild in South Africa. The world population is estimated at 13,000.

pione, marhowie, Luc, RAP, PDP, japie, Callie, ljsugarnspice, Robbrown, deud, Lourens, axiotea has marked this note useful
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This is an excellent picture. the blurred backround and good focus on the crane is very well done.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2004-10-22 4:27]

Grande foto, ottima luce ed espressione quasi umana di sbigottimento!!
Veramente un'immagine simpatica!!

Gerhard, Great mugshot of this rare & endangered crane species. Good detail & I like the broken-lights effect across its head. Informative notes..Great job!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-22 7:07]

A very soft and peacefull look.
We have probleme, here too, with hydroelectric power projects. Man is a rat for the planet. TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-22 7:53]

Desde el colorido hasta la agudeza con las texturas y detalles de las plumas y la cabeza, conforman una muy bella presentacion, de un ave que personal no conocía.
Excelente nota tambien... gracias por compartirlas con nosotros Gerhard.

From colorful to the sharpness with the textures and the details of the pens and the head, they conform a very beautiful presentation, of a bird that personal did not know.
Excellent note also... thanks for sharing with us Gerhard.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-22 9:21]

Great shot Gerhard. The eye grabs attention, nice and sharp there. Watching your posts of late shows that this new camera is really helping your progression.

Great picutre and great note. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-22 13:41]

Omtrent net daar waar jy gestaan het, het my seun sy roomys op my voet laat val. World of birds is 'n gevaarlike plek. 'n Bosduif het my op die neus gepik, 'n uil het my kopvel met sy kloue gekrap en 'n arend het liggies my vinger gebyt - maar dit was lekker - so 500 fotos geskiet.

The image is very sharp and the DOF excellent.

Thanks for posting this beauty.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-22 14:02]

One of the best mug-shots I have ever seen of Mr on the extingsion list. I will now have to go to PTA as well.
A small nit, just for next time, the point of the bill is not as sharp as the eye, so use f11 because you use telephoto that compress and has less dof than a standard lens.

Superb post of a very endangered bird it is great to see one thanks for posting and informing us so well about it.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-10-23 6:46]

So "uncommon" bird, and so sad information in your last 2 phrases of note.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-10-23 12:33]

Good shot, I would have loved to see the whole bird though..I like the almost woody feel of the beak.

I have been staring at this one for a while, Gerhard. Besides been a god shot, it transmits the feeling of the bird and the shape and colours are stunning.

Excellent portrait, Gerhard. Nice detail and colour.

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