Photo of the Day 5 November 2008

Crested Crane, Zaire, 1995
Photograph by Michael Nichols Backlit by the setting sun, a crested crane forages in the African savanna. Also called grey-crowned cranes, these ostentatiously adorned birds are known for their equally flamboyant courtship dances, which involve, among other flourishes, head-bobbing, jumping, wing-flapping, and stick-tossing.