A few sandhill crane photos were submitted to local newspaper and two of them were used for the outdoor section a week ago. The copy of the published photos and the smaller size of the original photos are attached here. Thanks in advance for viewing!
These shots were taken on Fir Island in Skagit County Washington last Tuesday. It was a clear, cold day. Thousands of snow geese were leisurely spending the day pecking in the mud and grass when an eagle flew by. Then this happened. It's the closest I have been to a snow goose explosion in quite awhile. I was lucky not to get pooped on. Taken with a Nikon D500 and a Tamron 150x600MM G2 lens. I welcome your comments/criticisms/suggestions.
Great images! That many! Unbelivable!
rusty nails wrote:
The spring nest building and mating is in full swing
Great cathch and super photos!
Have you ever been over to Goose Pond (Greene County)? There should be a boatload of them and other birds passing through.
Thanks, Graveman! Yes, I have been to Goose Pond every year for last few years. Id di not see many sandhill cranes last year. So I was told Brownstown, IN. It is easier to take photos of sandhill cranes in Brownstown. There were lot of pelicans in Goose pond late Feb to March in last few years when I went there. Thanks!
Great shots Richard, A couple of things hit me: b... (
First of all, thanks for viewing and comment!
The answer to your questions:
1. I do not seen problem at ISO 2500 with my D850. But still, I would like to have less than ISO 2000 or even less in order to avoid grainy problem when blow up.
2. The birds were not far at all. Hard to guess on the field. But they were fairly close, maybe 100 yards. I sit in my SUV all time during photograph. I did not do much crop except for adjustment slightly for the composition if possible. The light was not good yesterday. Otherwise, the photos would be clearer.
3. Yes, they were taken at Brownstown, Indiana. I went there yesterday. I went to the location I knew last year. Later yesterday, I found second location in the area. A) First location: Only in the early morning, you can see many probably over thousands of birds. Starting from late morning, they flew away. Direction: Drive eastward on state road 50 at the cross section with State Rd 135 (on the right) and S Depot St (on the left), turn left on to S Depot st. Please note there is a gas station at this cross section. Drive on the Depot St northward to W. Spring St and turn left to W. Spring St. Continue to Ewing Rd (same road, just change name). You will pass railway road. Continue to Y section of the road. Stay at left and continue about 1 mile, you will see many birds at both sides. B) Second location: Go back to State Rd 50 but this time westward. Drive until road 235. Turn left to road 235, drive about 4 miles to a small-town called Medora. Just after passing this town, there is a gas station and T junction. At T junction, turn left, just drive 1-2 minutes, you will see many birds at left. You may see many birds at left just before reaching Medora.
You may see some birds or many along both side of state road 50 when close to Brownstown but hard to park car to take photographs.
Let me know if you have question to find the locations. Hope this helps. Thanks!
R Dubs wrote:
the whooper comes through Nebraska with the sand hills, the people at the crane sanctuary named him "Bob" rare sight --thanks for sharing
Thanks for the information!
Retired CPO wrote:
Great shots in my opinion. Especially the Whooping crane. I've been trying to get one of those for years.
Thanks! I took them at Brownstown, Indiana yesterday.
They seem to be on the move, we've had a couple of flocks fly over our area (15 miles east of Greenfield) and flocks were seen NE of Greenfield feeding on the ground. Nice pictures.
Thanks, Graveman! I took these in Brownstown Yesterday. I will try to visit the area at NE of Greenfield someday. Thanks for the information!
Nice ones. I think he's checking his wife for a sore throat. : )
Thanks, Jerry! I believe so.
Ed Greding wrote:
The cranes seem to nearly jump off the page. As a novice I'm sort of wondering what's wrong with using a high ASA? The pictures do not seem grainy to me.
Thanks, Ed! I normally do not use very high ISO in order to avoid the grainy problem.