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The Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradiseus), also known as the Stanley Crane and the Paradise Crane, is the national bird of South Africa. This crane is pale blue-gray in colour with a white crown, a pink bill, and long, dark gray wingtip feathers which trail to the ground. Blue Cranes are birds of the dry grassy uplands, usually the pastured grasses of hills, valleys, and plains with a few scattered trees. They prefer areas in the nesting season that have access to both upland and wetland areas, though they feed almost entirely in dry areas.
While it remains common in parts of its historic range, and approx. 26 000 individuals remain, it began a sudden population decline from around 1980 and is now classified as vulnerable.
In the last two decades, the Blue Crane has largely disappeared from the Eastern Cape, Lesotho, and Swaziland. The population in the northern Free State, Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West Province has declined by up to 90%. The majority of the remaining population is in eastern and southern South Africa, with a small and separate population in the Etosha Pan of northern Namibia. The primary causes of the sudden decline of the Blue Crane are human population growth, the conversion of grasslands into commercial tree plantations, and poisoning: deliberate (to protect crops) or accidental (baits intended for other species).
Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/800 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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Featured in 2 groups:
“World Wildlife Photography”
“African Beauty”

Views 820 / Favorited by 4 people / October 13, 2013

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  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 4 years ago

    Congratulations..your work has been featured in the World Wildlife Photography Group

  • Many thanks Dennis, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • christopher363
    christopher363over 4 years ago

    Congratulations to your feature! Very nice how your picture shows the bird in his/her natural environment – and a nice colour contrast, too!

  • Thank you very much Christopher!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    I love the compostion of this wonderful image.

  • Thanks a lot Lyn!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago


    Please delete the above entry!

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture, great contrasts!
    2 Day – 23 Jan 2011

  • Thanks a lot Maggie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    February 6,2011

  • Many thanks for the feature Ann, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • marella
    marellaover 3 years ago

  • With pleasure Marella!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago

    EXCEPTIONAL!
    (PLEASE READ:=> I’m giving awards out to six works for each member at a time so be sure to SUBMIT ALL SIX as soon as possible!)_

    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
    Thanks, DeeZ!

  • Thank you very much Dee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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