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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:56 am 
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My first sighting of these lovely birds. Since then, I've been fortunate enough to see them several more times, but never so close to and relaxed.

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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
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Calling pair of Blue Crane.
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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
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:thumbs_up: Heard these guys just outside Grahamstown yesterday!

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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
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These were taken at AENP this weekend :D

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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
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Our National bird . So beautiful and graceful , but surprisingly and sadly :( not very many posts/pics of them .

For those of you who wonder where they can be seen , well , this time of year they are often to be seen in open fields around Worcester area .


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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
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Overflying the Basotho Cultural Village in Golden gate highlands national park:

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Due to conservation efforts their numbers are increasing a lot, and they are fairly regular visitors there now.

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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
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During last weekend's CAR count we counted 305 blue cranes on route MT05 (Platrand near Standerton) on a recently harvested corn field, the largest flock of blue cranes I have ever seen.

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In winter the cranes "migrate" from the Western Cape to the Mpumalanga highveld and gather together in large numbers in relatively small areas. When you are lucky enough to encounter such a congregation, it is a sight to cherish!

This winter gathering starts to dissipate towards the end of August and in the summer months sightings of blue cranes on the highveld are rare.

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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
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Saw these in Mountain Zebra National Park

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 Post subject: Re: Crane, Blue
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Wow :shock: - would give my front teeth to see 305 Blue Cranes together - what a wonderful privilege!

Stunning pics Sharifa! :clap: :clap:


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