…morning light is magic…

Nebraska Sandhill Crane Migration

Made my second annual trip to Nebraska to see the Sandhill Crane migration along the Platte River in Nebraska.  Had a great time last year and had to try again.  It was peak timing with over 200,000 Sandhill’s estimated to be in the area.  Worked a 20 mile stretch of dirt back roads south of the Platte river east of Kearney, NE for 2 1/2 days.  Only had one day of sun but it was tough shooting during mid-day with the sun out.  It was a little chilly in the mornings with temp’s in the 20’s (deg F).

One lesson learned was that I should have taken my beanbag on this trip as my arm got worn out with handholding my 500mm lens out the car window for most of the trip.  Took my tripod but didn’t use it as I opted to hand hold my 100-400 lens while on the railroad bridge over the river at sunrise and sunset.  Ended up getting some decent sunset shots that I’ll post later.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld

This Sandhill was being praised as he was getting ready to stick the landing.

1/800 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, no exposure compensation, 700mm

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Mating dances were going on all around me, which was fun to capture.

1/800 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, no exposure compensation, 700mm

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1/1000 sec @ F11, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, no exposure compensation, 700mm

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Some Cranes would pick up corn stalks from the ground and through them up into the air.  Got several shots of this behavior.

1/1250 sec @ F13, ISO 2500, evaluative metering, no exposure compensation, 700mm

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2 responses

  1. Throwing up corn stalks is wonderful behaviour to catch. I love these birds and can’t wait for fall to have them hang around fields nearby again.

    April 7, 2015 at 9:08 am

  2. They are very fun to watch and photograph. I got several shots of the corn stalk throwing. I’m already looking forward to next year to make the trip again.

    April 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm

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