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Old Jun 24, 2004, 4:59 AM   #1
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This is probably too obvious so I'll explain right up front. These are Sandhill Cranes migrating over northern Illinois in very early spring.....


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Old Jun 24, 2004, 5:03 AM   #2
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Nice one, it looks like the birds are trying to draw something in the sky. :-)
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 6:31 AM   #3
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These are great to see in person. It looks like God spilled His pepper shaker!
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 8:51 AM   #4
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Your composition and exposurereally makethis photowork

There is paegentry in watching aviators aloft...

It never ceases to amaze me...how do they fly together...how are communicating...how does it all happen?

Well done.


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Old Jun 24, 2004, 9:05 AM   #5
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Rob,

Stunning, maybe one day I'll get to see these in person.

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Old Jun 24, 2004, 2:09 PM   #6
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I can't write precisely what I justannounced out loud when opening this thread. My son was startled by his supposedly sweet momma's words and turned to look, immediately understanding. Let me tone it down: this is one remarkable photo! Minimalistic and perfect. Love it.
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 6:04 PM   #7
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I am pleased that what excites me the most about nature brings similar reaction among my mentors and peers. Quite possible the MOST stunning observation about crane migration is when 2 or 3 groups like this merge over a thermal, break out of formation and become totally dysfunctional as a group, movinginto a circular flight path and fly in great circles using natural updrafts in the air to gain altitude. They know just when to break off again, into these familiar formationsto continue their journey. I live very hear O'Hare International Airport and one evening, a much smaller groups such as this was flying northwest as they always do in the spring. I was out fishing when I first heard, then saw them. The group were on a flight path that appeared to be in the general direction of an incoming aircraft. In silent unison, the entire group moved like a single flying wing andaltered their directionas if they were an aircraft themselves. I witnessed the sunlight reflect off their backs as they turned. Totally awesome, and I had no camera. Hope my memories drew the image for you.
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 8:13 PM   #8
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You painted the picture well enough that I saw it and was in awe of what I saw. Wish I'd been there to see it for real.
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