Transitioning to the Fields

After sunrise on my first morning along the Platte River (“First Morning on the Platte River”), I drove the surrounding farm roads, where the cranes typically feed in the cornfields. It really was not much of a challenge to find the cranes … they seemed to be about everywhere the cornfields had been cut low, during last fall’s harvest (because of potential predator issues, particularly coyotes, the cranes stay away from high-cut fields and fields where there are tall grasses). Here are a few images I captured of cranes flying to the cornfields to forage:

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 420mm to 560mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”, shot from the car window to prevent frightening the birds
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/9
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. to 1/500 sec.




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