Snagged a whooping crane during a long lunch break this week...

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pixelsmithy Contributing Member • Posts: 540
Snagged a whooping crane during a long lunch break this week...

Kept my distance from this protected bird. Used a Sigma EX 50-500mm f4-6.3 APO DG on a 16MP Pentax K-01 (at 500mm) with a 1.7x teleconverter (850mm equiv.) ISO 1600. Plus this is somewhat cropped. Still it is the closest that one has ever come to me. (I've been lucky enough to see at least one Whooping Crane for 4 out of the last 7 years. Sadly, I left the "good camera" at home today (24MP Pentax K-3 II).

Taken March 27, 2017

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JolieO Veteran Member • Posts: 4,824
Re: Snagged a whooping crane during a long lunch break this week...

Wow,  you are really lucky to have caught that whooping crane.

I am a few hours away in Iowa.  Was thinking about running over to see some sand hill cranes but thought it might be too late.  Are there still enough there to make the trip worthwhile?

Jolene

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Re: Snagged a whooping crane during a long lunch break this week...

I still saw groups of them in the fields (and flying over the highway) to feed in fields on both sides of U.S. Hwy 30 between Kearney and Gibbon. I think that "officially" they are here through the first week of April (like the 7th) but much depends upon the weather. I saw and heard large numbers circling up in thermals over Kearney this past Sunday and then heading off to the NW (presumably to their summer grounds). So numbers are dwindling, but I can't say for sure how many are left.

A better source of information would be The Rowe Sanctuary (an Audubon Center):
http://rowe.audubon.org/
You can google their phone number.

Respectfully,
Darren Addy
Kearney, NE

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JolieO Veteran Member • Posts: 4,824
Re: Snagged a whooping crane during a long lunch break this week...

Hi Darren,

Thank you for the info.  Looks like I'm not going to go because I just waited too long.

I took a look at your gallery expecting to find some more cranes and found those spectacular cloud/weather photos instead.  I really liked them.

Thanks again and congrats on that whooping crane.  What a treat!.

Jolene

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KENTGA Veteran Member • Posts: 7,070
Re: Snagged a whooping crane during a long lunch break this week...

Great shot. Pardon me for being so ignorant but I didn't realize those birds (or cranes in general) migrated.

Kent

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Eric Nepean Veteran Member • Posts: 5,658
Re: Snagged a whooping crane during a long lunch break this week...

KENTGA wrote:

Great shot. Pardon me for being so ignorant but I didn't realize those birds (or cranes in general) migrated.

Kent

Check out the Wikipedia article on whooping cranes, very interesting read.

Their traditional migration is from south Texas to northern Alberta, but conservation efforts are helping them establish a further south summer range which has a shorter and less challenging migration.

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Eric

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