Picture of the Month

May 2010




Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)

Madhya Pradesh, India


The Sarus Crane is the tallest flying bird, some reaching 7 feet tall and living as long as 70 years.  Most famously, they mate for life. Dependent on wetlands, the population of these cranes has plummeted 95% from its numbers a century ago, and are listed as "Threatened" by the IUCN. 

(For more information, go here)

I was lucky enough to learn of a small group of wild cranes that often fed in the harvested fields near where I was working in Madhya Pradesh , south of Delhi, India. I was astonished to be able to approach them without much difficulty and capture this portrait of a mated pair,  greeting one another. Given more time, I might have hoped to have gotten them dancing...but I will settle for this.



Nikon D3 camera, with Nikkor 300mm f2.8 lens

Life, Color, Drama, Reality .... No Digital Manipulation




Kevin's photo essay on endangered Silky Sifakas of Madagascar

is featured in the April 2010 Smithsonian Magazine :

To see a PDF of the entire story, click on the cover image above


Kevin will be serving as the National Geographic photo lecturer on two voyages this year  aboard the "National Geographic Explorer".

August 2010 : Polar Bears of Arctic Svalbard , For more information, click here.

November 2010 :  South Georgia and Antarctica.  For more information, click here.



My story on Amazon River Dolphins appeared in the June 09 issue of National Geographic Magazine. To see the story, click on the photo below.



As is so often the case, some of my favorite pictures didn't appear in the story : to see some of these, go to :  http://kevinschafer.com/dolphins.html


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Review a previous Picture of the Month:

Black-winged Stilts, 4/2010

Macaque/Gibbons, 3/2010

Cormorants, 2/2010

Silky Sifaka, 12/2009

Amazon Dolphin Polo, 11/2009

Yucatan Bats, 10/2009

Gulls and Flies, 8/2009

Callanish Stones, 7/2009

Amazon Dolphins (2), 6/2009

Golden Langur, 5/2009

Island Foxes, 4/2009

Puget Sound, 3/2009

Border Fence, 2/2009

Amazon Islands, 1/2009

King Penguins, 12/2008

Darwin's Fox, 11/2008

Blacktip Shark, 10/2008

Greenland Fisherman. 9/2008

Ladyslipper Orchids, 7/2008

Wild Cassowary, 6/2008

Painted Hands, 5/2008

Zion Park, 4/2008

Marine Otters, 3/2008

Mt. Hood Sunset, 2/2008

Mountain-Biking, 1/2008

Tent Bats, 12/2007

Nunbird, 11/2007

Alaskan Otters, 10/2007

Amazon Dolphin, 8/2007

Madagascar #2, 6/2007

Baja California, 5/2007

Pelicans, 3/2007

Darien Gap, 2/2007

Grey Whale Calf, 1/2007

Galapagos Sea Lion, 12/2006

Rockhoppers, 11/2006

Hummingbird, 10/2006

Madagascar, 9/2006

Whales, 7/2006

Sea Lions, 5/2006

Tiger, 4/2006

Jaguar, 2/2006

South Georgia, 12/2005

New Generation, 11/2005

Childhood, 9/2005

Penguins, 8/2005

Sea Palms, 7/2005

Aster Flower, 6/2005

Siskiyou Mountains, 5/2005

Humpback Whales, 4/2005

Christo GATES , 3/2005

Eucalyptus Leaves, 2/2005

Alaskan Aurora, 1/2005

Nesting Turtle, 12/2004

Autumn Berries, 10/2004

Costa Rica, 3/2004

Aurora Borealis, 10/2003

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