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Sandhill Crane Pair

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2019 by lilybug1960

Sandhill Crane pair.
 
I was over in Decatur, Alabama for the Festival of the Cranes held annually at Wheeler NWR over the weekend. I did a couple of presentations and a few photo walks. It is always a very informative and fun festival and look forward to future events there. On my drive in yesterday morning I went to see if I could find the foxes again where I had seen them the previous day, it would seem I am becoming obsessed with foxes. On the drive in many, probably 200, Sandhill Cranes were flying into some fields along the road. After I went to the end of the road, where I did see the foxes again, but they were too far away, I drove back slowly by the Cranes. I parked in a parking lot beside the road and waited as a group approached. The light was nice and the birds were foraging, which made for perfect images to capture detail and behavior. I love seeing the contrast in the eyes and red on the head of these beautiful birds. On a side note, I did get to see and photograph a Whooping Crane. It resembles a photograph of Bigfoot with slightly more detail, but it was good just to see one of these rare beauties.
 
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The Elusive Red Fox

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2019 by lilybug1960

The Elusive Red Fox.
 
So this is more of a funny story to me, and the folks who were with us in the Tetons will know as well. During our workshop and trip, we searched for red fox to photograph. We chased down every lead we heard of while there, all to no prevail. When I got home late Thursday night, really Friday morning at 1 am, I did laundry then packed for the Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler NWR in Decatur, AL. I did my presentation and a photo walk before it started to rain. On my way back to the hotel, I decided to check an area where the Whooping Cranes have been seen. When I got to the end of the road, I turned around and was driving out when I spotted two cats in the road. It took me a second or two to process that the cats were really foxes. My camera was in the back of the car(I broke my own rule) so I parked went back to get it and when I did I looked up and noticed one of the foxes checking me out. I literally had time to raise the camera and get 5 frames off before it disappeared into the woods. Thank goodness the D-500 can handle noise because I was set up for birds in flight! So after nearly 9 days in Wyoming hoping for a fox image, I got it…in Alabama…
 
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Sandhill Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2018 by lilybug1960

Sandhill Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.
 
This past weekend I had the honor of teaching a few classes at the Festival of the Cranes in Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge located in Decatur, Alabama. There were a lot of Sandhill Cranes, and even a few Whooping Cranes! I didn’t get to go photograph very much, but Sunday morning I decided to go out early and photograph them in an area where they roost overnight on some mudflats. As they would take off and fly to their feeding grounds they fly by the area I was positioned. This particular image caught my eye with one bird looking over at another bird almost like it was asking a question or giving it directions. We are already making plans for next year’s festival and adding more photography events so keep an eye out for some announcements later this year. It is a great place to go visit, learn and photograph!
 
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