Who said animals couldn't be included in "Gratuitous Beauty?" Look at the flow of this picture -- the lines and the movement captured in a single shot have a natural cadence that you can almost hear the lapping of the ocean against the shore and the powerful 'swoosh' of his wings.
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Grue couronnée / Black crowned crane / Balearica pavonina. Aire: Afrique tropicale. Essentiellement haute vallée du Nil, sud du Soudan et ouest de l'Éthiopie. Référence: Les éditions Atlas, Les plus beaux oiseaux du monde, p. 115.