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.

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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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Animal Friend of the Week: Steenbok

Raewyn of decocraftsdigicrafts  have decided to start up her own weekly challenge. SheI wants to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

The steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) is a common small antelope of southern and eastern Africa.

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Steenbok resemble small Oribi, standing 45–60 cm at the shoulder. Their coat is any shade from fawn to rufous . The underside, including chin and throat, is white, as is the ring around the eye. Ears are large with “finger-marks” on the inside. Males have straight, smooth, parallel horns 7–19 cm long. There is a black crescent-shape between the ears, a long black bridge to the glossy black nose, and a black circular scent-gland in front of the eye. The tail is not usually visible, being only 4–6 cm long.DSC_0235

This little fellow loves visiting my garden and to sample on my plants!

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