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Old Jun 27, 2010, 9:59 PM   #1
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Default A father protecting the nest.

First, let me apologize for the poor quality of the photos, as they were shot hand-held in fading and poor light, with a long telephoto and high speed.
Lots of noise, and lack of detail, but I didn't feel like spending a lot of time in PP.

I came upon a Sand Hill crane nest with the Momma and two chicks, in a wetland area about a quarter mile from my house as I was walking one evening.

The father crane was near by, and a poor Ibis just happen to fly into the area. It was kind of cute seeing how quickly the male crane reacted and chased the other bird away.

You guys know that I like the opportunity to tell a story with picture sets, so even though the photos were not really keepers, the subject matter was so interesting that I decided to post them anyway. I was going to post them last weekend on Father's day, but was just to busy to get around to it.
So enjoy the sequence and ignore the poor quality.

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Old Jun 27, 2010, 11:30 PM   #3
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Steven,
I like these, good pictorial story, they really aren't that bad.

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I agree with Charles, and besides, how many of us get to witness these little dramas first hand?
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Great series, no need to apologize for the quality, I've shot much worse and been happy just because I captured a scene. Took a ton of pics of baby Wood Ducks today, if I have a chance I'll share some. Nothing this dramatic though, just lots of paddling about.

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Hi Steven,

As the song goes, a picture tells a story don't it? is certainly true here. You were fortunate to be at the right place and time to capture the protective duties of the male.

It's not always the quality of the images but rather than the story they convey that make them a keeper. These certainly are.

thnx for sharing.
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Agreed, these are part of what photographers do, capture the moment.
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