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 pair of juvenile Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) wandering down the backside of the refuge. As I neared them, they ran a short distance down the road, then scramble into the dense, wooded area. Here are a couple of images I captured of these youngsters:

Juvenile Sandhill Cranes

Juvenile Sandhill Crane

Interestingly, I ran upon two pairs of juvenile Sandhill Cranes around the refuge. I never saw any adults nearby, but the juveniles typically stay with the adults during their first year.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 telephoto lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld from my car, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400 (top photo) and ISO 1600 (bottom photo)
  • Aperture f/8 (all photos)
  • Shutter 1/100 sec. (top photo) and 1/250 sec. (bottom photo)



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