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Western Coast Park, Western Cape
South Africa


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/800 s, f/10, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Paradieskranich Dutch  Stanley Kraanvogel
Italian  Gru del paradiso Spanish  Grulla del Paraíso


South Africa's national bird, featured on country's stamps and coins. The Blue Crane was better adapted to changes in landscape associated with agriculture than the two other South African cranes, the rare Wattled Crane and the Grey Crowned Crane.

Tarboton WR (1989): in The Complete Book of Southern African Birds, Ginn PJ, McIlleron WG, Milstein P le S (eds), Struik Publ, Cape Town, South Africa, p 194.


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Blue Crane
Grus paradisea
Grue de paradis