One of the resident Grey Crowned Cranes at Martin Mere WWT

I’ve seen a few images of these birds very similar to this one and now I know why !

They’re really inquisitive and mimic the movements of the camera as you try to get the shot. Great fun, love the camera baby !

This one leaned right through the fence to look at the lens as close as it could, about 4 inches away

Taken on Canon 7D, 24-105mm f4 L


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  • sarahjspics
    sarahjspicsover 3 years ago

    fabulous ;) nice composition and focus, awesome subject

  • Thanks Sarah, certainly a willing and entertaining subject, I put the rest down to luck :)

    – Ben Malcolm

  • TeaCee
    TeaCeeover 3 years ago

    Great shot Ben, focus is right crop is right and the look on the face is hilarious – love it! Tim.

  • Thanks very much Tim :) It’s the eye’s that make me laugh, very expressive birdy !!

    – Ben Malcolm

  • Joy Rensch
    Joy Renschover 3 years ago


  • Jane  mcainsh
    Jane mcainshover 3 years ago

    wonderful capture of this very inquisite bird !! what a beauty !!

  • zumi
    zumiover 3 years ago

    wonderful capture! congrats on feature!

  • Mindy Nguyen
    Mindy Nguyenover 3 years ago

    looks like it’s wearing a head piece!! cute!

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Many CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

  • Ben Malcolm
    Ben Malcolmover 3 years ago

    Thanks for the lovely comments everyone, and thanks for the feature too :)

    I’d like to take credit but I think we should give it to the birdy !!

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    May 19,2011 Congratulations, your voucher has been requested.

  • err, WOW ! Thanks very much, I have to say I never expected that at all ! You guys are awesome :) !!!!!!!

    – Ben Malcolm

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    Your very welcome Ben, you earned it. :)

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