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Old Jul 26, 2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Another Sandhill crane family was roaming the neighborhood yesterday. I had the 50-200mm on the E-3, so I grabbed some shots.







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Thanks Ted. It helps to have big birds who are used to having humans around. These were shot at f3.5 at ISO 800. I love shooting with the E-3.
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But it's too bad Florida doesn't have any interesting subjects.
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Nice, very sharp and colorful bird. Cool eyes.
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Steven, I really enjoy your ability to find the humor in life - in #3 it seems to be saying, "Don't laugh at me, all I can do is play the cards I was dealt."
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When we lived in Utah, it was always an expedition to go and find the Sandhill's. There's a layover spot where at certain times of the year they all take a break. Could never get close enough for a shot like yours though, they were for too twitchy.
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When we lived in Utah, it was always an expedition to go and find the Sandhill's. There's a layover spot where at certain times of the year they all take a break. Could never get close enough for a shot like yours though, they were for too twitchy.
When driving home this evening, there were 5 Sandhill Cranes strolling slowly across the road about 2 blocks from my house. They seem to know that all the cars will stop for them and let them cross. Not only are the ones in Florida not twitchy, they will walk right in front of you if you don't make any sudden moves. I think it is because they have become so accustomed to all the humans around them in my neighborhood. They nest in the wetlands beside the golf course, and you can often see them walking across the fairways right in front of the golfers.

Look at this shot taken about 6 years ago with my E-330. The kit lens was at 28mm when I took this shot as it walked right by me!!
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Nice shots Steven
Very Nice Great Color and sharp
Sand Hill Crane, another Florida bird nesting in Alberta
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Nice shots Steven
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Sand Hill Crane, another Florida bird nesting in Alberta
Thanks Fred. Most of the Sand Hill Cranes that go to Alberta are from the rest of the country. Most of the Florida cranes stay here year round and nest here. The ones in my subdivision hatch and raise new chicks here every year. I usually get some pretty good shots of the babies in late winter/early spring each year, and get shots of them as they grow full size.
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