A Pair of Sandhill Cranes Calling in Flight

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A pair of Sandhill Cranes calling while in flightA pair of Sandhill Cranes calling while in flight – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 500, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

On my post a few days ago I mentioned I saw Sandhill Cranes on my trip to southern Utah. I was disappointed that I didn’t get high quality images of cranes displaying their courtship behavior because they were too far away.

The evening I photographed these sandhills was supposed to be clear according to two different weather reports that I accessed on my phone but the weather forecasts were wrong, the sky filled with clouds and basically looked like skim milk by the time later afternoon came around. I was photographing a pair of cranes foraging on the ground when a pair of Sandhill Cranes calling in flight flew over and I took a series of images of them.

Sandhill Cranes in late evening flightSandhill Cranes in late evening flight – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 500, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Even though I didn’t have the golden light or blue skies I had anticipated I am satisfied with these two images of the Sandhill Cranes. In this frame the female had the lead and the male was behind her. I’m sure that later this year I will have more opportunities with sandhills and quite possibly acquire the courtship display images I had hoped for on my trip south.

Being there with them, seeing the cranes in flight and hearing their rattling call was enough for me.

Life is good.

Mia

6 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child March 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    LOVE the curl to those wing tips in the first photo. Megathanks.

  2. Patti March 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Beautiful photos. These birds make a stop along their migratory route in southwestern Ontario, Canada. 🙂

  3. Kathryn Duchene March 7, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Yes, life is good. Thank you for these lovely photos.

  4. Patty Chadwick March 7, 2016 at 7:39 am

    These are wonderful shots…show how amazingly streamlined these guys are….beautiful!

  5. Liz Cormack March 7, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Wow!

  6. Bob McPherson March 7, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Gorgeous images, Mia.

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