National Geographic : 1994 Oct
Corncrake Genus: Crex Species: crex Adult size: Length, 27-30cm Adult weight: Males average 168g; females slightly less Habitat: Grasslandsand herbage in the northern PalearcticSurviving number: Estimated at fewer than 6,000 in Western Europe; unknown but declining elsewhere Photographedby Bobby Smith WILDLIFE AS CANON SEES IT The corncrake is rarely seen but its rasping "crek crek" call was once a familiar sound on warm summer nights. Wintering mainly in southeastern Africa, corncrakes return to their northern habitat to nest on the ground in meadows and hayfields and raise a brood of 8-12 tiny black chicks. Habitat changes brought about by modern farming methods and land development have caused corn- crakes to decline rapidly over the last century. To save endangered species, it is vital to pro tect their habitats and understand the role of each species within the earth's ecosystems. As a global corporation committed to social and environmental concerns, we hope to foster a greater awareness of our common obligation to ensure that the earth's life-sustaining ecol ogy survives intact for future generations. NATURE EOS Camera and EF Lens Watch "NATURE"on PBS,Sunday8:00p.m. Top-of-the-line model of Canon EOS Thisprogramis funded,inpart,byCanonU.S.A., Inc Autofocus SLR cameras, the EOS-1 offers the highest professional standards with versatile multiple modes and custom a functions plus more than 40 EF lenses. The Wildlife As Canon Sees It photo book is available for US$25.00 from Mediahouse Inc., C.P.O. Box 1333, Tokyo, Japan.