The contented Grey Crowned Crane considers the human with the camera. Its range is from the Congo to South Africa and is the national bird of Uganda. The only crane species to roost in trees. Its omnivorous diet is perfect for its habitat of grassland and wetland but these are under threat from drainage, overgrazing and pesticides. This one is living in the Bird Garden of Harewood House in Yorkshire as part of their conservation project.
So what other cranes can I show you?
Yes we are in homonym land, words with the same spelling and pronunciation but different meanings. Must be a nightmare for those who first language is not English because there are an awful lot of them. You would have to crane your neck to look up at these big 'birds'. The cranes are moving goods in the Prince of Wales Docks, Workington.
Here on the Cumbrian coast my viewpoint is Town Quay where a fishing boat is coasting in from the sea perhaps after casting their net. The morning clouds spread over the sky but they would soon clear to a blue sky day.
It was a family boat and here father and daughter concentrate on cleaning and untangling the net while winding it back on the drum. The day was clear and calm with no wind.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet this week sojourning at C here.