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