Here in the south we have the Sandhill Cranes as visitors and sometime residents. They typically just fly in and out each fall and spring. That in itself is worth seeing and hearing. The sound of a couple of hundred Sandhill Cranes flying over head is great. I was really excited seeing so many Sandhills paired up in the cut fields in Wisconsin. One thing that really surprised me though, compared to a Whooping Crane and some of the other crane species, was really how small they are. Don’t get me wrong a 4 foot bird is big, but when compared to a six foot bird, it looks small. I often stopped my car along various backroads and just watched. I didn’t pack a set of binoculars but will next time!

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Aperture Priority, f8, -0 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, Sirui P204S monopod and L10 head, Peak Design Leash, processed in Lightroom CC.

Sandhill Crane 060415c copy


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