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Sandhill Crane

Found this Sandhill Crane while exploring the back roads of NE Indiana.  Was checking out my favorite Osprey nest when this Sandhill started squawking right behind me.  Almost made me jump.  Turned around but couldn’t see him with a high berm along the dirt road.  Walked up an entrance into the field and saw him walking around very close to me.  He was apparently calling a couple other cranes that were hanging out in the field near the osprey nest.

1/800 sec @ F9, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II with 1.4x III teleconverter, handheld

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Dive Bombing an Osprey

Had lots of fun taking Osprey photos on my Indiana trip.  Their nest was still active with two large chicks along with two protective parents.

The parents had some challenges when flying as several small birds would chase and dive bomb them.  It was obvious when the Osprey would take an abrupt turn that they were being chased.  Made for some interesting flight shots.

Ended up using all focus points as it was a challenge to keep a single focus point on the fast moving action.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II lens, handheld

Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 1/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/2500 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Great Horned Owl

Made my summer trek back home to Indiana a couple of weeks ago with limited expectations from a wildlife photography perspective.  We usually go in June when the Osprey’s are nesting and there is an abundance of Sandhill cranes in the area.  Therefore, I left my 500mm lens at home and traveled light with my 100-400 II lens.

To my surprise, the Osprey’s were still around along with some Sandhill cranes.  Best of all, found this Great Horned Owl along a dirt back road.

Just after sunrise, I was driving along my usual route when a bird caught my eye with just a glimpse of something flying just under the tree canopy as it spread over the road going up a hill.  I crested the hill and saw the bird gliding very low about one foot above the road.  Thought to myself that it wasn’t a hawk but had to be an owl.  He flew up into a tree near the road.  When my car got closer, he flew away and continued down the road.  As he approached an intersection with a paved road, I thought that he was going to get hit by a car if he continued his path but he took a quick right turn before getting to the stop sign.

Drove very slow while scanning the area when I spotted him lying in the grass along the road on my right side.  Had to go past him and turn the car around to get into position for some photos.  The first photo shows what he looked like after I turned around.  Slowly inched the car forward to try to get to a better position with the grass out of his face.  Made it to that position but there was some trash just on the left side of his head.  Had to move again to get the trash behind his head.

Had to remove my teleconverter and use ISO to 10,000 to get my shutter speed above 100.  Luckily he stuck around for 10 minutes which allowed me enough time to remove the teleconverter and get several photos.  On my computer, I can see the reflection of my car in his beautiful eyes.

Aperture priority, 1/80 sec @ F8, ISO 12,800, evaluative metering, 560mm

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Aperture priority, 1/125 sec @ F5.6, ISO 10,000, evaluative metering, 400mm

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Sandhill Cranes in Indiana

Made a trip home to north eastern Indiana recently to visit family.  It was later in the year than we usually go so wasn’t sure what to expect from a wildlife photography perspective.  Was pleasantly surprised with the abundance of Sandhill Cranes that were near Mongo, IN.  Went out several mornings at sunrise to find them.  It was down to 37 deg F in the mornings, which felt great.  Such a nice change from the Houston heat.

This was my first trip home with my 500mm lens.  Had to drag it around the week before while on a business trip before heading to Indiana.  It was worth the effort as I needed the extra reach with most of the shots.  Didn’t have room in my suitcase for my tripod so had to handhold it.

Got a little too up close and personal with the Sandhill’s as I almost hit three of them with my car.  More on that later…

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens, handheld

1/20 sec @ F4, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

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1/125 sec @ F5.6, ISO 800, evaluative metering

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