Animal Friend of the Week: Blue Crane

Raewyn of decocraftsdigicrafts   started her own weekly challenge. She wants to showcase the animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime  over the week. DSC_0021

The blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus), also known as the Stanley crane and the paradise crane, is the national bird of South Africa. The species is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.


Blue cranes are birds of the dry grassy uplands, usually the pastured grasses of hills, valleys, and plains with a few scattered trees. They prefer areas in the nesting season that have access to both upland and wetland areas, though they feed almost entirely in dry areas. They are altitudinal migrants, generally nesting in the lower grasslands of an elevation of around 1,300 to 2,000 m and moving down to lower altitudes for winter. Though historically found in areas of low human disturbance, the blue crane is currently thriving in the highly transformed agricultural areas of the Western Cape. DSC_0026This is the only portion of its range where the population is increasing, though they still face threats such as poisoning in the region

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Fountain Challenge # 18



A little hideaway, midway up the West Coast where one can find the tranquility of the countryside and still be within easy reach of Cape Town.

Here you can relax with cup of coffee or tea, enjoy a typical home cooked meal or just browse through the Farm Stall for that something special.

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If you would like to join in with the Fountain photo challenge then please take a look at her Fountain Photo Challenge Page.