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BobIr Jul 26, 2013 11:23 AM

Sandhill Crane
This crane took a break from grabbing insects to pose for me. Shot gives a good idea of their habitat.
Taken at Crex Meadows in NW Wisconsin.
There are about 7 - 8 hundred nesting cranes there.
By fall there's several thousand as they stage for their
migration to Southern GA and North FL.

Pentax Kx with Sigma 150-500 mm

mtnman Jul 26, 2013 8:29 PM

Great shot Bob. I love seeing only the bird's head and neck, with the rest of its body blocked from view by the tall prairie grasses. My wife and I were in central Nebraska in mid-April, several weeks after the massive springtime migration had passed through, but we were nonetheless fortunate to see a few stragglers. But it was a dreadful cold day, with bitter winds and blowing snow. The lighting was flat and our photos were very drab. You got a great shot!

Rodney9 Jul 26, 2013 10:23 PM

What a great pose, to shot it well.


BobIr Jul 27, 2013 5:32 AM

Thanks for the comment. The Nebraska Sandhill's are Lesser Sandhill Cranes. The Crex Meadows cranes are about a third larger. Quite a sight in the fall with the sky filled with hundreds at a time.

mtnman Jul 27, 2013 3:57 PM

Thank you for that lesson Bob. I did not know the distinction between these different types of sandhill cranes. The cranes we saw in Nebraska were large birds. If this guy is a third larger, then it is a very large bird indeed!

mtngal Jul 29, 2013 9:16 PM

Neat picture. I don't think I've ever seen a Sandhills crane, but I'd really like to some day.

rhermans Jul 30, 2013 5:18 AM

Great shot, makes me wish for a longer lens.

dane/dawg Jul 30, 2013 6:40 PM


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