The sighting of Grey Crowned Cranes (Balearica regulorum) in the Mana Pools area is very exceptional and unique. Ornithologists suggest they might have arrived in a now very greened up Mana Pools area, after good rains, on the wing of recent weather pattern changes; such as cyclones affecting the region. These birds are nomadic and move in response to rainfall, enjoying shallow marsh lands. They feed predominantly on insects and may often be seen stamping the group to rout little ‘critters’ for consumption. There is presently a huge amount of ground water in the park, which is on the boundary of this species’ distribution in Zimbabwe.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF70-200mm IS USM + 1.4x; 1/1600 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 280mm)
Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
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