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Old Jul 26, 2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Default 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.



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Old Jul 26, 2013, 9:29 PM   #2
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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!
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What a great pose, to shot it well.

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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.
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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!
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Neat picture. I don't think I've ever seen a Sandhills crane, but I'd really like to some day.
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Great shot, makes me wish for a longer lens.
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Excellent..
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