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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

Order  Gruiformes   Family  Gruidae

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


Blue Cranes are sedentary and dispersed as breeding pairs in summer but are sociable and nomadic in winter, although they probably remain permanently paired. They normally lay two eggs and rear both successfully.

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