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Old Oct 25, 2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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Sandhill Cranes go through an elaborate mating dance in the spring, involving a lot of wing flapping, jumping in the air, posturing, etc. In the fall, as they mass for migration it's common to see some practicing for next year.



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Old Oct 26, 2012, 5:43 PM   #2
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Caught some wonderful action. I find Sandhill Cranes very difficult to approach. Were you using a powerful telephoto ?
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Animals can sure be entertaining! These made me smile..thanks!
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Thanks for showing these. Not having access to Sandhill's it is nice to be able to see their rituals and so nicely captured.

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Thanks for the comments. Yes, they are skittish, but there are lots of roads thru the refuge and you can get fairly close. Better is use the car as a blind and just wait for some to fly in. These were close to the road and I eased the car up and parked on the opposite side. Using Pentax Kx with Sigma 150-500. These pictures were taken at 150 mm
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Great captures of some amazing behavior - thanks so much for sharing!
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They are some fun birds to shoot, I found some on a golf course in Florida last winter. Nice job,

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Great photos of a fascinating ritual. I have only once had the good fortune to see sandhill cranes (in Florida), but they were not doing anything as interesting as this.
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Wonderful capture, the dance of life.

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