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


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

Challenge Winner
Challenge Winner in Endangered Animals – in Live, Love Dream , and featured on the group’s front page! (Sept. 19, 2011)
Thank you so much to the hosts of this marvellous group, and to all who voted!

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Welcome to the Jungle (Sept. 11 , 2011)
Featured in Outstanding ones for today – High Quality Images (Sept. 13, 2011)
Featured in The Birds (Sept. 22, 2012)
Featured in Weekly themes challenges (Oct. 17, 2011)
Featured in Pentax Ladies (Nov. 6, 2011)
Top 10 in black and white with 1 statement colour and featured in Naturally black and white (nov. 18, 2011)
Featured in Letter C – Alphabeth soup (jan. 29, 2012)
Top10 in Letter C – Alphabeth soup (Feb.4, 2011)
Featured in Wildlife wonders in White – Amazing Wildlife (July 1, 2012)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

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Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

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

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 3 years ago

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you! :)

    – steppeland

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Steppeland, enjoy your weekend, Mark.

  • Thanks a lot, Mark! Have a great weekend too!

    – steppeland

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • Thank you so much, Istvan, your visit, comments and favs are much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • dabadac
    dabadacover 3 years ago

    beautiful ……………..

  • Thank you so much, Barbara for the kind comment and fav. Glad you like it!

    – steppeland

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 3 years ago

    Such a wonderful mood! Somber, contemplating – extraordinary art.

  • Aww, thank you for such great compliment, Richard! Your words of praise mean a lot!

    – steppeland

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

  • w00t!! Awesome, Laura, thank you so much for the feature!

    – steppeland

  • pdophoto
    pdophotoover 3 years ago

    Another very good one.

  • Thank you! Glad you think so! :)

    – steppeland

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenover 3 years ago

    Click the banner to congratulate your Fellow Artists

  • Aww, thank you so much, Lynne, for once again featuring two of my works in this great new feature page. I feel so honoured and am very grateful for all the support and encouragement, you give to me and all the other artists belonging to this awesome group!

    – steppeland

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Qnita! Happy you like it!

    – steppeland

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