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Old Oct 15, 2006, 12:27 PM   #1
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It was near dusk and the rice harvester was kicking up all kinds of dust so the conditions weren't very good. Plus, the cranes are very shy so it's difficult to get any closer than about 70 yards before they move off. None the less, here is the only shot I got of one of the many groups that were scavaging the leftover rice. There were about 80-120 cranes in each of the next 5 fields gorging themselves. They will stay until mid November and then they head off..... somewhere.
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Old Oct 15, 2006, 4:17 PM   #2
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Hi Steve...I don't know where those go, but they come into the plains of the Texas Panhandle in great numbers and also along the Gulf coast area. I hope to get in oneof thoseplaces later on. Thanks for sharing those.
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Old Oct 15, 2006, 4:27 PM   #3
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Cool shot! Are you sneaking up on these guys or using your car as a blind?
I like your new Avatar... I'd like to see the original...
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Wow, what a unique scene you caught here Steve. Awesome stuff! Looks like someones front yard on their 80th b'day....cheers........Don.
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Thanks VP, and kman. I had just pulled off the road into the access road and rolled down the window when several cranes immediately turned and started walking away. As quickly as I could I snapped this one shot. I was lucky, I wasn't using any VR. I had my Sigma 100-300mm lens on and held my breathe. :lol:

Kent, I took the picture of that Jack Rabbit with my old Panasonic FZ20. That little guy was about 10 feet away and just as I snapped the shutter his ears went down and he looked so pathetic. I wonder what it was thinking? I really like the shot too. Here is a larger version.
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Old Oct 17, 2006, 8:15 AM   #6
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Thanks SMAC for posting your Avatar! That expression is classic. You can almost hear his thoughts.....
"Ok ok ok not good..not good at all." "When did this guy sneak up on me!
yup, definitely sees me and I'm pretty sure he wants to eat me." :G:G

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Old Oct 17, 2006, 9:18 PM   #7
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Kent,
Those are perfect captions. It's a priceless expression for sure.
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