Yesterday the biggest birds ever visited my backyard!
First I observed them in the morning, in slow stride around the field picking food. Obviously they found something eatable since they were still around when I returned in the afternoon (and this morning again for that matter).
We are talking about a couple of common cranes (Grus grus), one of the largest birds in my part of the world if not the largest at 100–130 cm of length, with a 180–240 cm wingspan and a weight of 4.5–6 kg on long legs.
The global population of the common crane is less than 250.000 and the majority of them is nesting in Scandinavia and Russia, migrating to the Mediterranean during winter.
In the afternoon I was so lucky to witness elements from the famous crane dance - which I in my ignorance thought only occurs in the mating season. I was able to capture Mr Crane dancing, for the TrekEarth audience - enjoy!
Workshop 1: Additional dance scene.
Workshop 2: Mr and Mrs Crane.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-08-08 0:55
Hello Pablo! Amazing bird. Wonderful pose and scene, superb scenery. Good point of view, perfect exposure and capture, good contrast and sharpness, very good focus. Nice frame. Well done!
mesutilgim (85318) 2010-08-08 1:01
Hi dear Pablo, my neighbour,
Wonderfull capture of this nice bird wirh a perfect background; starting from fresh green towards dark. Which creates a nice 3D effect.
Nice info's as well.
TFS and best reagdrs
besnard (53754) 2010-08-08 1:11
Une très bonne prise de ce magnifique oiseau qui ne fréquente pas ma région.
Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche.
jaywalker (16101) 2010-08-08 1:16
Hi Pablo, A very well captured photo, I love the way the second birds head is just pocking out, wonderful light & a gorgeous lush green, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
saxo042 (37578) 2010-08-08 1:54
You were indeed quite lucky to be able to take a photo of this impressive bird, at this close distance. You were also lucky to have a very fine background at this moment. Nothing that disturbs the view, only very pleasant shades of green!
Giorgio (11279) 2010-08-08 2:12
- Beautiful capture Pablo, I think that is an common crane, it's always with pleasure that they draw such animal, you have not missed your shot, bravo!
Have an excellent sunday.
* You can see here : http://www.oiseaux.net/photos/sylvie.loison/common.crane.2.html#fiche
ikeharel (58113) 2010-08-08 2:37
Great picture of the large crane on your yard , fantastic bird and good POV you had caught.
Didi (57250) 2010-08-08 2:39
Very good decisive moment lucky man
Very good catch.
jhm (139952) 2010-08-08 3:39
You come back after three week vacation, this with a bird, crane birds are very aggressive birds when you come very close.
Both pictures are nice for look at.
I love the warm colours you have captured in this shot.
Pleasant picture for look at.
Composition and perspective are very well. TFS.
Have a nice day,
Cricri (107236) 2010-08-08 5:01
C'est un très bel oiseau, vous l'avez bien capturer, je vois que vous avez toujours de la jolie visite dans votre jardin:-) j'aime aussi le contraste du vert lumineux avec le fond sombre, jolie aussi celle en WS
pierrefonds (57461) 2010-08-08 5:02
The vegetation is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the common crane. it is clear and precise. The late afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
Bluejeans (64249) 2010-08-08 7:35
Ola Pablo ,
Que linda pássaro é enorme , tem uma bela textura de penas , ficou magnifico neste jardim , gostei muito das ervas iluminadas , belos tons de verde , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
SWEETFREEDOM (22808) 2010-08-08 8:14
not a common sight even in my country. Very nice frame and details, excellent colors.
Uhu (8475) 2010-08-08 10:29
Big birdie indeed, Big Visitor!
Very interesting moment captured, perfect colors and detalisation!
ciakgiak (30421) 2010-08-08 11:27
I'm really impressed about your new masterpiece.
This is a superb naturalistic image, the subject is amazing, the colors absolutely gorgeous. The quality of the shot is perfect, as always!
Congratulations my dear friend.
bobocortis (15946) 2010-08-08 11:55
Excellent shot, with the bird's silhouette that creates a perfect contrast with the well enlighten grass.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-08-08 14:46
a very nice photo of this lovely bird, the composition is attractive, beautiful details and colours, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
emka (79773) 2010-08-08 22:58
Lucky guy! You have Mr and Mrs Crane in your garden. Many thanks for the performance. I had only pheasant visiting my garden.
Have a nice week
dip (23632) 2010-08-09 0:14
excellent capture of the dancing 'Mr Crane' :)))
indeed a wonderful shot,amazing colors and lighting!
thanks for sharing,
Kielia (23691) 2010-08-09 2:53
excellently composed impression of the crane! The light creates a wonderful atmosphere. This is a fantastic image, accompanied by a very nice note. My compliments!
ruisc_pt (10830) 2010-08-09 4:50
..and great shot. Fantastic sharpness.
molla (7127) 2010-08-09 5:21
a quite unusual pose from a Crane. good graphics with the split in between light and dark green against the mudcolored back of the bird
denisn72 (8300) 2010-08-09 7:34
It is a big bird indeed! Strong contrasts, impressive details and excellent point of view. Interesting note about the subject. Congratulations!
mvdisco (17774) 2010-08-09 7:54
Very nice caught of view and details,
great colors and light.
well presented and composed of this action shot,
lovely bird too.
All my compliments
danos (87439) 2010-08-09 9:21
as i see your backyard is a great zoo with a variety of visiting birds like this huge one. Lovely the presentation of the bird in your yard as your readiness to capture it. Well done.
Have a nice afternoon,Danos
Nicou (123144) 2010-08-10 0:33
merveilleux captage et compo, quel bel oiseau dans ce prés vert, superbe compo et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
anducina (8407) 2010-08-10 4:18
Glad to see you again. Excellent capture-you are lucky to have something like this in your backyard. Nice colors and light, excellent clarity.
Have a nice day !
clic (15130) 2010-08-10 6:13
I share your excitement, Pablo, for this elegant arabesque performed for your talent and our enjoyment!
gunbud (34066) 2010-08-10 15:03
Wonderful capture of this rather rare bird.
Love how you have captured the broad wing span that is very well seen in the bright afternoon light.
The crane is no longer seen in my neck of the woods and this is a real treat.
Royaldevon (30145) 2010-08-11 1:57
Good Morning Pablo,
You couldn't get many of these on a bird feeder!!
What a sight in your garden!
We once had a heron land in the tree and that was a bit of a shock because of its size!
I love how it appears to be performing a dance for you!
Obviously aware of your photographic skills!
Have a good day,
Sergiom (61036) 2010-08-11 8:06
Belle visite que tu as recu. Le cadrage est parfait et l'arrière plan est bien coloré.
Excellent cadrage vertical.
yedirenk (11244) 2010-08-11 12:08
Hi dear Pablo,
what a lovely moment,what a beautiful natural shot..light,green color tones and sharpness are superb..this is must be a wonderful show from sweet bird,for you..excellent photo..tfs
pajaran (52562) 2010-08-12 2:12
Mnogo lepa i velika ptica, prava balerina.
Uradili ste lepu seriju fotografija o zivotinjama i pticama.
Dobar trenutak snimka, lepe boje i fotografija. Dobar tekst, moje cestitke na radu.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Many beautiful and large birds of a ballerina.
You have done a beautiful series of photographs of animals and birds.
A good time recording, the beautiful colors and photos. Good article, my congratulations on the work.
Keep a nice day, all the best.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-08-14 7:23
An another superb natural shot in your gallery! A very good and too very interesting photowork with this "capture" of this superb bird. The colors of the bird arise very well in the beautiful green color. The Bg give too plesant depht to the composition.
AKITA (15125) 2010-08-15 14:44
the crane looks very handsome,
maybe it is stray one, the crane scarcely go single but always makes group or couple,
anyway this posture resting on one foot is characteristic and beautiful so much,
and the dancing figure in your WS too,
thank you for your wonderful shot,
Charo (51210) 2010-08-15 16:15
Et veldig flott bilde av denne fuglen i en utmerket komposisjon.
Du er veldig heldig å besøke deg i hagen din og være i stand til å fotografere dem uten å forlate hjemmet.
Graal (97777) 2010-08-16 0:33
good "hunter" You're. Nice big bird and presentation. Cranes are in my country also. Well photojob.
Have a nice day.
Longroute (19396) 2010-08-16 4:23
Well, the pose of the crane is really elegant and makes a fine image. Good that the green grass below is lighter than the crane so it stands out well. I also like how you have framed it leaving a good portion of space above which with its darker colour balance the lower part.
A bright and plesant picture.
(I'll be absent for a while)
jafadabret (56501) 2010-08-16 7:25
Tu as eu de la chance d'avoir été honoré d'une telle visite et en plus elle t'a montré ce qu'elle pouvait faire comme danse. J'aime beaucoup la grâce de cette grue dans un environnement d'une grandes beauté.
Urs (14082) 2010-08-17 5:47
You have very exclusive visitors, how do you bribe them, some seeds or??? I like the pose of nice chap. Very elegant and proud. I like it. Very good photo job. Thanks for your critique of my paddy field shot.
TopGeo (38204) 2010-08-18 0:30
Hi Pablo, A very well captured photo! Excellent point shot With quality of colours and details frame and fine background at this moment. Excellent wss Good morning
josepmarin (57801) 2010-08-18 4:18
This one is another excellent capture of a beautiful animal in your backyard, in a scene not usual in my country.
I like the freshness and the naturalness of the image, his good effect of light and shades, his good colors and the great sharpness, that they offer us a perfect result in the composition.
Mr Crane's dance is very funny.
A nice and interesting work, my friend.
subhendu_bagchi (25810) 2010-08-18 9:42
very colourful and interesting perspective here. The crane is looking gorgeous with its action. Nice surroundings greeneries. Like the different layers. Very sharp and good DOF used. Excellent catch with the nice two in workshop. TFS.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-08-19 8:05
Nature is beautiful, when it is thus photographed. The posture of the bird is esthetic and spectacular. The colors are superb. Very good work of naturalist and photographer.
Have a nice day
UlfE (14641) 2010-08-19 12:44
A very nice dance scene. You have really captured the crane in the right moment standing on one leg. You also make excellent use of the light. The crane really stands out against the bright green grass. TFS and have a nice evening!
eldancer1 (28495) 2010-08-20 13:13
Your timing is great or did you tell the bird to pose for you? Great capture and pov and dof with clear sharp details. Nice colors. Well done, tfs.
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-08-20 22:45
Hi dear Pablo
Beautiful pose !
Excellent picture of the bird in the nature
Fine colors and details
Have a nice weekend
Silvio1953 (123431) 2010-08-23 2:11
Ciao Pablo, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Angshu (55892) 2010-08-24 9:18
Love the shades of green here...light & fluorescent in the FG to the deep tones in the BG with the crane in between, in the midst of dancing. A very pleasant sight to watch for sure & well taken!
jmdias (56059) 2010-08-27 14:06
Very interesting the position of this bird, its pose looks like a sculpture and has a graphic mood. excellent light, sharpness and framing. congratulations
daddo (24404) 2010-08-30 2:31
Hi Pablo. Not only are you an expert in squirrel photography, but I see you can also put the bird world into a special frame. Wonderful moment of the feathered Nureyev's balancing act. Beautiful shades of green and light. Regards. Klaudio.
s_lush (16134) 2010-09-13 23:46
This charming creature is depicted by you perfectly, with both the high-quality image and very comprehensive and useful note. Perfectly good job!
Juntas (7960) 2010-09-20 2:57
HI Pablo. Very nice scene you've captured. Mr. Crane is a great dancer :). The colors are very beautiful and definition is great. Also your WSs are very nice too. Well done.
Have a nice day.
didemay (2945) 2010-10-16 22:41
Greaaat capture. It is so difficult to capture? Bravo. I loved the additional dance scene as well. In that WS his leg and step isnspires the viewer to dance:)
jusninasirun (17160) 2010-10-18 5:15
Hi Pablo. This is a beautiful capture of something with feather and wings. Superb shallow focus and exposure of the plumage are beautiful. Love the vivid details and how well you have silenced the background. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day. Best regards. Jusni
kordinator (18442) 2010-12-08 1:15
Amazing bird captured in wonderful scene.
Wonderful pose,superb scenery.
Great of view, perfect exposure.
Contrast,colors,clarity and sharpness are all amaziong.
Respect dear friend
- Copyright: Pablo Minto (pablominto) (53744)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-07
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D300, 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): FEATHERS OR FOUR LEGS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-08 0:52