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Crowned Crane

Crowned Crane
Photo Information
Copyright: Ben Broughton (Lourens) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 0 N: 321] (1223)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-04 12:41
Viewed: 5118
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crowned Crane / Mahem (Balearica regulorum)

This is a very large bird measuring about 105cm. Iris white to pale grey with black bill, legs and feet. It has a spiky straw-coloured crest , grey body and large white wing patch. Head is mainly velvety black with white cheeks and red wattles.

Distribution: South Africa (N, NE, and SE.), Kenya and Uganda.

Habitat: Marshes, vleis and moist grasslands.

Food: Frogs, reptiles, insects and fallen grain.

I took this image in the Krugersdorp Private Game Reserve.

Camera: Nikon D70
Lens : Sigma 170-500 set at 500mm
S : 1/500
F: f8
ISO: 400

I love these close-up images. Hope you like it too.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-01-04 12:44]

Wow, what a sharp picture, you can see ervey small detail. Colors are good and i like the POV. Well done and thanks.

bonjour ben
quel magnifique auto-portrait heu non pardon portrait,couleurs tres belles, details parfaits,super.

Very nice exposure and composition on this beautiful crowned crane. :)

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-01-04 14:31]

Terifc photo, It is good for national geographic.

Hello Ben

Wow... I love the lighting in this shot. The shadow play from the head plumage is nice. Good close clear details. Nice work. TFS.

Hi Ben, you have caught a beauty.
The details are great and the exposure are spot on.
Lovely colours and well composed.
I like the POV too.
Great work.

Great sharp focus and good details. Good exposure getting the black and white parts too look good.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-04 21:56]

I love these birds, and what a wonderful close-up portrait of him. Excellent capture showing us all his beauty. He is nice and sharp too. Well done Ben, thank you

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-05 0:23]

Now that is very sharp. and I really like the original crop of this beautiful crane. Well done and TFS, Ben.

One of my favourite birds in the world, from 20 feet away...:) Seeing this bird is like looking at ships , if you want it pretty keep some distance, in detail could be ugly... But not after your photo, great , ensibile detail... Great work!

  • Great 
  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-01-05 4:03]

Great sharpness, excellent! greetings Reina

Super post - hope u got the model release form signed. Super sharp and well presented.

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  • Avare Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 4 N: 75] (514)
  • [2006-01-05 11:50]

Hello Ben,

Good exposure. The details, coulours and sharpness are greats. I liked this shot. Thanks.

Beautiful bird and beautiful portrait!
Master shot!!!
TFS :-)


Absolutely great detail and sharpness. I really like this as it shows all the dimples on the crane's face. Good Comp, POV and an excellent photo all round. TFS, Sheriff

This is very sharp and well composed. Great exposure control showing all that details in the whites. These critter I find very difficult to expose correctly. Very well done.

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