Juvenile Sandhill Cranes




While visiting Minnesota this past weekend, one morning I took a short trip to nearby Sherburne NWR. During my past few trips to Minnesota, I always like to visit Sherburne … always seems to be a lot of things to photograph at this beautiful refuge. As I drove around “Wildlife Drive”, I came upon a […]

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Fun Friday: The Dance of Joy!




On my last full day along the Platte River, I continued my quest to capture some decent video of the Sandhill Cranes as they danced and jumped about in the cornfields. For the past few mornings, they would be dancing/jumping when I stopped the car on the roadway. But after pulling my camera up, they […]

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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, […]

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Beddy-Bye Time




On my 2-day stopover in Quivira NWR in November, I was hoping to catch some migrating Whooping Cranes. Instead, all I got was several thousand Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) :o) Here are a few images I captured of groups of the cranes as they returned to the refuge in the evening, to roost: This gave […]

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A Sandhill Sunrise




On my last morning at Carlos Avery Wildlife Area (east-central Minnesota), I finally caught a break. I had been trying to capture birds (specifically, Sandhill Cranes and Trumpeter Swans) flying through either the fog, or through a colorful sunrise. On this morning, there was very little fog. But the skies were beginning to cloud over, […]

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Sandhill Juvies




Another bird I ran across at Carlos Avery, was the Sandhill Cranes … actually, a pair of juveniles cranes. They were busy grazing among some wildflowers on a small island in the wildlife area: Equipment Used: Canon 7D body Canon 100-400mm lens, at 390mm (handheld) ISO 400 Aperture f/5.6 (Av mode) Shutter speed 1/500 sec. […]

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Nature’s Way of Recycling




During my short, weekend trip to central Kansas, I ran across a rather gruesome sight … approximately 20 dead Sandhill Cranes. As I described in my last post, this area was hit hard the night before, by an extremely severe storm. In fact, when the height of the storm hit, we were just driving into […]

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Fun Friday: Jumping for Joy




A Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) enthusiastically jumps about a sandbar in the Platte River, shortly before flying off to a nearby field to forage:       Online-Photography-Classes.com

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Sunsets and Sandhills




The Platte River trip started out slowly, with rain sporadically hindering us. But as the week progressed, we began receiving beautiful weather and some awesome sunrises and sunsets. In today’s post, I am sharing some images of the Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) as they return to the Platte River for roosting … and in one […]

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In-Flight Beauties




As I’ve started the long, tedious process of editing the thousands of images made along Nebraska’s Platte River last week, I decided to share a few images of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) as they flew by me on the way to the fields to forage during the day. I think you will agree these are […]

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