David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Sandhill Crane

What a morning!  I was hoping to see a few Sandhill Cranes.  Instead, I saw what appeared to be thousands.  I have never seen so many cranes.  Only problem, they were a little too far for really great shots, but I was trying anyway.  Luckily, there was other wildlife to be seen.  Along with the cranes there were two bald eagles making frequent fly-bys.  Wait, there were not only two bald eagles but, two, yes two, juvenile eagles.  They stayed around most of the time I suspect looking for a good meal while the parents checked up on them occasionally.  Did I say there is more?  Yes, more.  The hawks were on the prowl.  Wait, don’t change channels.  Geese, yes geese!  Still that’s not all….White Pelicans.  And, yes, ducks of many types.  Whoa, almost forgot about the two nice looking bucks.  Lastly, there was the lone Whooping Crane.  It must of gotten separated from its group during the migration and ended up joining the sandhill cranes.  It was flying in formation with a group of cranes.  This was a great show with or without a camera as the eagles caused several lifts.  Nature at its finest.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, 1/2500’s, Ev -0.67, ISO 500


8 responses to “Sandhill Crane

  1. hihowsyou25 November 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    fanstatic shot and great timing, well done and great post !

  2. Lyle Krahn November 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Wow what a fantastic day. Nature really at its best. Now here’s a coincidence. A few weeks ago I took some photos of a lone Whooping Crane who had joined many other Sandhill Cranes near our place. Could it be the same one? It had a radio attached to one leg and banding on the other though maybe that’s common.

    • dda53 November 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Interesting, very interesting Lyle. What was posted about the bird per his band colors – it’s one year old and was banded in Wood Buffalo nesting grounds. Being a juvie it probably lost track of its group. It should be in Aransas with his/her group. Not sure if it will get there before the spring migration back north begins. Seems to be getting along with the sandhills.

  3. Doug Haass November 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    David, nice capture and find. It’s pretty cool to see that many at one time.

    I’m attaching the links to my two posts from 2011 that show Sandhill Cranes on FM2004 from October 2011. I had gone out there to pick up some hay from a friend for a Halloween photo shoot that week. I remember I had physically counted each crane in the panorama; with the total being somewhere close to 500.


  4. Tim Timmis November 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time David. Very cool shot and nice to find that many around. I was tempted to head that direction this morning but headed to work instead. Hope that they do stick around for awhile.

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