Sandhill Cranes: Kiting

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Sandhill Cranes: Kiting

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/21/2010 9:37:58 PM

Amazing to read about these beautiful birds. Almost Jurassic Park seeming in size! WOW!

Great job, Rona!!!

-Laura #1329376

Steve M. Harrington 11/21/2010 10:05:54 PM

Ah! They both fly and face in different directions! :) The detail in this image is really nicely done, Rona.
Hey, what happened to the precision counting? I guess they round out above 11,954, huh. :)
Steve #9056244

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 11/21/2010 10:31:15 PM

Wow, what an incredible wildlife capture Rona! #9056270

Liz blahh 11/21/2010 11:51:45 PM

Terrific capture! #9056347

Ellen Hodges level-classic 11/22/2010 2:48:54 AM

Absolutely fantastic light and composition, Rona!! Looks awesome!!! #9056497

Michelle Alton level-classic 11/22/2010 3:08:57 AM

A phenomenal capture with so many in the air in various positions--all in focus. The light must've been difficult, but you nailed it! #9056543

Joannie Bertucci level-classic 11/22/2010 4:30:16 AM

Rona, I see some of the cranes are late for that committee meeting! :-) Outstanding stop action of these cranes approaching the group and your nature guiding is much appreciated! #9056755

Leslie McLain level-classic 11/22/2010 4:31:16 AM

Amazing capture and light, Rona. Must be awesome to see these cranes up close. #9056765

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 11/22/2010 4:32:29 AM

Wow this is very unique and well executed. Excellent action and clarity Rona. WTG.
JP #9056772

Nikki McDonald level-classic 11/22/2010 4:48:25 AM

Terrific light on their backs, Rona, and I love the composition with that narrow strip of light, busy foreground backed by the interest of the darker panel. Very well done. #9056837

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 11/22/2010 5:36:28 AM

Wow Rona this is a beautiful shot with wonderful light. Were in Indiana does this happen? I never knew they were any where around that area. #9056984

Monnie Ryan level-classic 11/22/2010 7:31:13 AM

Terrific action capture, Rona! #9057229

Karen Celella level-classic 11/22/2010 9:10:48 AM

Wow, what an amazing sight, Rona! How exciting to have captured it so beautifully. #9057406

Kathy Salerni level-classic 11/22/2010 5:41:57 PM

OMG, What a spectacular image you captured, Rona! The light, BG and stop action are superb!! Well done! #9058375

Rona L. Schwarz 11/22/2010 6:05:23 PM

Thanks everyone for the visit and such great comments. The Sandhill Crane migration occurs each fall and spring (fall is bigger) in Indiana at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. I will be posting many more images in the days and weeks to come since I certainly took a lot of them! #9058410

Patti Coblentz level-classic 11/22/2010 8:41:25 PM

It is a fantastic series, Rona...I like what Steve pointed out about the flying in different directions :)
Great detail, lighting, and feel of the scene! #9058611

Jeff Robinson level-classic 11/23/2010 3:02:58 AM

Great comp, lighting and wildlife capture Rona!! Jeff #9058872

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 11/23/2010 2:57:27 PM

WOW, spectacular tones, colors, lighting, clarity, stop action & beauty on this masterful work, Rona! Winner in my book, indeed! WTG! #9060168

Terry Cervi level-classic 11/23/2010 3:52:47 PM

Interesting information, Rona, and a great capture too! #9060288

Rona L. Schwarz 11/23/2010 5:47:44 PM

Thanks Patti, Jeff, Paddy, and Terry for stopping by. Really appreciate it! #9060452

Phyllis H. Burchett 11/23/2010 6:54:06 PM

Fabulous capture Rona, I didn't realize that many Sandhills migrated thru Indiana...I've been to Bosque and knew they were in Nebraska too. #9060582

Renata Gusciora 11/23/2010 8:10:23 PM

Oh wow!This is out of this world,Rona!Precious!Incredible lighting and color and awesome timing!Perfect! #9060714

Garth D. Beatty level-classic 11/28/2010 2:36:24 PM

Nice Capture!

I went to Nebraska one year in the early
spring to see the Cranes where they rested near the Platte River on their way north. I did not know they also passed through Indiana. #9068029

Phyllis H. Burchett 12/13/2010 12:54:02 PM

Big congrats to you Rona on your finalist! #9097097

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic 12/13/2010 2:35:38 PM


CONGRATULATIONS on this great finalist

Ysa... #9097838

Patti Coblentz level-classic 12/13/2010 2:42:00 PM

So lovely, Rona...congratulations on your finalist!! #9097868

Anita Hogue 12/13/2010 3:17:48 PM

Awesome, Rona! Congratulations on this fabulous capture! #9098164

Anita Hogue 12/13/2010 3:17:52 PM

Awesome, Rona! Congratulations on this fabulous capture! #9098165

Val Feldman level-classic 12/13/2010 3:41:34 PM

Good Grief, Rona - I missed this beauty first time around - Happy to give you a BIG congrats on this spectacular image and wish you all the best in the upcoming round! (Aren't they just the most remarkably wonderful birds???) #9098317

Kathleen Brennan 12/13/2010 4:38:23 PM

Beautiful finalist, Rona! We get Sandhill cranes migrating near us in the Central Ca valley usually around this time of year, Dec and January. We don't have the beautiful tall trees behind them though! A huge congratulations to you! #9098641

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 12/13/2010 4:46:58 PM

Congrats, Rona, o0n this awesome finalist!

Debby #9098704

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 12/13/2010 5:11:44 PM

Big congrats Rona. Awesome.
JP #9098825

Rony Sagy 12/13/2010 5:46:47 PM

Huge congrats, Rona. I am sure we will see this wonderful capture again. #9098986

Terry Cervi level-classic 12/13/2010 5:46:51 PM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist, Rona! It's a beauty! #9098988

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 12/13/2010 5:50:45 PM

WTG on this FANTASTIC finalist, Rona! It's fabulous! :-) k #9099004

Gord MacEachern level-classic 12/13/2010 6:06:14 PM

Big congratulations on your very well deserved finalist Rona, good luck next round! #9099055

Ellen Hodges level-classic 12/13/2010 6:25:05 PM

Huge congrats and very best luck with this awesome finalist, Rona!! #9099150

Nikki McDonald level-classic 12/13/2010 6:55:53 PM

Terrific capture for sure, Rona. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round. #9099331

Debra R. Harder 12/13/2010 8:08:36 PM

Huge congratulations, Rona, on your EXCELLENT finalist!! Deb #9099939

Peggy Kahan 12/13/2010 9:25:26 PM

Amazing capture, Rona. Love the lighting, composition, colors, clarity. Just beautiful. #9100561

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/13/2010 9:35:36 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9100599

Rona L. Schwarz 12/13/2010 10:23:32 PM

Thank you all so very much for such generous comments and congratulations - they are very inspiring to me and I really appreciate them! #9100727

Joseph T. Pilonero level-classic 12/14/2010 3:19:17 AM

What a special shot, Rona. Neat thing to see - and to photograph. Congratulations on this finalist. TED #9101248

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 12/14/2010 4:36:52 AM

Congratulations Rona on this wonderful Finalist. It is so amazing...I hope to see it with Gold. #9101472

Leslie McLain level-classic 12/14/2010 4:47:49 AM

Congrats on your amazing finalist, Rona. #9101560

Carol Eade level-classic 12/14/2010 6:11:14 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Rona! #9101872

Julianne Bradford level-classic 12/14/2010 12:20:10 PM

Love the action you captured here in this awesome image Rona! Hope to see it again! Congratulations on this terrific finalist. #9102813

Maria Morrow level-classic 12/14/2010 1:36:40 PM

Congratulations on this amazing finalist, Rona! #9103038

Carol L. Fowler 12/14/2010 1:51:04 PM

Big Congrats ! #9103077

Renata Gusciora 12/14/2010 4:43:52 PM

Congratulations on your incredible finalist,Rona!!!I knew it!:-) #9103455

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 12/14/2010 7:25:35 PM

Heyyyyy Rona. Knew it! Big CONGRATULATIONS! Very busy. #9103846

Sherran Andersen level-classic 12/14/2010 9:25:00 PM

Congrats Rona. #9104141

Barbara Waldoch level-classic 12/14/2010 9:39:12 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on all your finalists, Rona! #9104205

Stefania Barbier level-classic 12/15/2010 2:13:28 AM

gorgeous finalist, congrats!!! #9104454

Rona L. Schwarz 12/15/2010 10:21:40 PM

Thank you all very much again - really appreciate the support and encouragement! #9108035

Karen Celella level-classic 12/16/2010 7:28:01 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Rona!! #9108924

Rosemary Sampson level-classic 7/7/2011 8:58:27 AM

Awesome capture! Your have an amazing gallery! #9513645

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1/400s @ f/10, ISO 1600, 300mm lens @ 600 mm using 2X TC. (C-A)
The Sandhill Crane is one of the two Crane species that regularly occurs in the US.The other is the Whooping Crane. Several races of Sandhill Crane are recognized. Some races are migratory, others are sedentary. The Greater Sandhill Crane, shown here, stands about 3.5 feet tall with a wingspan of 6 to 7 feet, and is the largest race of Sandhill Cranes.
During the fall migration, some 12,000 to 16,000 Cranes make Indiana their home. The highest population estimate of 32,000 individuals occurred in the 1991 migratory season.

Exif: F Number: 10, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 1600, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 600.00 mm, Model: NIKON D700

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