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Demoiselle in the snow

Demoiselle in the snow
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4, Fuji Velvia 50
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-11 5:10
Viewed: 3682
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Demoiselle Crane
(Anthropoides virgo)

It is a species of crane. It breeds in central Asia, with a few found in Cyprus and eastern Turkey, and migrates to Africa in winter.

The Demoiselle is 85-100 cm long with a 155-180 cm wingspan. It is therefore slightly smaller than the Common Crane, with similar plumage. However it has a long white neck stripe and the black on the foreneck extends down over the chest in a plume.

It has a loud trumpeting call, higher-pitched than the Common Crane. Like other cranes it has a dancing display, more balletic than the Common Crane, with less leaping.

During the breeding season, marshy areas are preferred living spaces, while the cranes are more commonly found in dry grasslands throughout the winter. The birds usually nest no more than 500 m away from a main source of water. Damp marshes, steppe habitats, and meadows are all other areas in which the Demoiselle Crane could be spotted in. The range in height goes from sea level to over 10,000 metres.

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Hi Andrea,
Beautiful crane. Nicely captured. Perfect picture. Everything is on the spot. Well seen and TFS.

A unique bird indeed, Andrea.
You have shot it very well, capturing the essence of its interesting black and white feather pattern.
Thanks for your visit. You are very generous with your words.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-05-11 6:18]

Hi Andrea, nice shot with good details and colours. TFS.

Hi Andrea
Good photo, crisp and a clear image.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-11 12:45]

Hello Andrea, very nice portrait of this bird. It is a very sharp image. I like it a lot. Too bad the background is dark. Otherwise it would had been a nice contrast. TFS. Gabriel

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-11 13:30]

Hi Andrea,
Nice shot, good detail, excellent natural colours. Interesting composition/framing too, good work!

I andrea, Excllent work, Great details, BG, POV, Dov, Excllent work, TFS Kyle

Bel ritratto Andrea! Perfetta l'esposizione, come peraltro l'inquadratura ed i colori.
Hai ragione, la volpoca mi era scappata....come molte altre.

Bonsoir Andrea
Très joli cet oiseau ,les couleurs et les détails sont très beaux ainsi que le BG
Merci et au revoir....JP

Fantastico !!!!! that is all I can say with this image--Very beautiful................+

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-05-12 2:33]

Hi Andrea,
good portrait, very nice colours, sharp and DOF. Interesting note. Well done photo.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Andrea,
I like the lighting here, it really makes the bird stand out!
It is a good pose and a fine crane protrait, with good colours and fine details!
Pablo -

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