Noble and immortal - the Japanese Crane by steppeland

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Noble and immortal, bringer of luck – the Japanese or Red-crowned Crane, photographed in Dierenpark Amersfoort (zoo), the Netherlands – close-up


Quote: Wikipedia
“The Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), also called Japanese Crane is a large east Asian crane and among the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity.

Adult Red-crowned Cranes are snow white with black to the wings (appears almost like a black tail when standing, but the real tail feathers are white), blackish to the head and neck, and a patch of red skin on the crown. This patch of skin becomes brighter red when the crane becomes angry or excited.

In the spring and summer, the migratory populations of the Red-crowned Crane breed in Siberia (eastern Russia), northeastern China and occasionally in northeastern Mongolia. Later, in the fall, they migrate in flocks to Korea and east-central China to spend the winter. In addition to the migratory populations, a resident population is found in eastern Hokkaidō in Japan. The habitats used are marshes, riverbanks, rice fields, and other wet areas."

Conservation Status
The Red-crowned crane is on the IUCN Red List of endangered animals – Status: Endangered
The estimated total population of the species is only 2,750 in the wild, including about 1,000 birds in the resident Japanese population. Several hundred Red-crowned Cranes are kept in zoos around the world."
(Source: Wikipedia)

Animal Park Amersfoort – zoo collection
The Netherlands, Dierenpark Amersfoort

Technical details

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/125 sec, f. 13 mm
focal length 300 mm , ISO 400
Date: july 12, 2011

Edited and enhanced in Lightroom 2.0 and Photoshop 7.0 – textures added

Credits for the the used textures to:
Orman Clark for

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends (Sept. 10, 2011)
Featured in Alphabet soup – Letter J (Sept. 10, 2011)
Top10 in Letter I – Alphabet soup (Sept. 18, 2011)
Featured in Birds, birds, birds – Art Universe (Oct. 26, 2011)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 3 years ago

  • Barberelli
    Barberelliover 3 years ago

    Oh this is so gorgeous!! Love the background perfectly pulling in the color off it’s head!

  • Thank you so much for the great feedback, Barberelli – yes, that was exactly the effect I hoped to create, thanks for noticing it! :)

    – steppeland

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you so much, Sylvia!

    – steppeland

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Super capture and lovely processing Steppeland, super work, regards, Mark.

  • Thank you so much, Mark, I’m really happy you like it!

    – steppeland

  • pdophoto
    pdophotoover 3 years ago

    Superb portrait. Well done.

  • Thank you so much, Pierre!

    – steppeland

  • Kable
    Kableover 3 years ago

    Oh this is stunning,, gorgeous :)

  • Thanks a lot, Kable, glad you like it!

    – steppeland

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 3 years ago

    Superb photography! I love the texture and colors in the background and light and shadows on the bird. Well done!

  • Thanks, Richard, for your great feedback, I always really appreciate that!

    – steppeland

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 3 years ago

    So beautiful….I love the elegance of his neck.

  • Thank you Lisa for the great comment!

    – steppeland

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 3 years ago

    Great work

  • Thank you so much, Joy!

    – steppeland

  • polly470
    polly470over 3 years ago

    Oh boy…do I love these birds!! Gorgeous work!

  • Yeah, me too! Thank you so much, Polly! Delighted that you like it! :)

    – steppeland

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