Sandhill Cranes in Silhouette

Returned home last evening from a wonderful week on the Platte River in Nebraska. Thanks to everyone for all the shares, tweets and kind comments on the sandhill crane images I’ve been posting while away. And sorry I wasn’t able to keep up with the tweets … we stayed very busy with the cranes, shooting from sunrise to sunset.

Today’s post features a couple of sandhill crane silhouette images I captured from a blind on the Platte River. Around sunset, the cranes begin to return to the river where they roost for the evening. As light fades, this is a great time to capture silhouettes of sandhill cranes returning to the river. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Silhouetted Sandhill Cranes

Silhouetted 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 450mm (top photo) and 560mm (bottom photo)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Giottos ballhead, captured from a blind on the river
  • ISO 1600 (top photo) and ISO 4000 (bottom photo)
  • Aperture f/8 (both photos)
  • Shutter 1/2500 sec. (top photo) and 1/450 sec. (bottom photo)



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