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Registered: November 2008
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...."Dancing & Flying....With Cranes - I"....

I present this image to introduce to you an upcoming series. Sandhill Cranes have arrived in our area and usually stay 4-6 weeks. I am going to present a series of Dancing and Flying Cranes for you over the next few weeks. On
Sunday (15th) I took 425 frames of cranes and will have other opportunities to photograph them, as well, over the next few weeks. I am told that approximately 500,000 cranes visit our area during migration.

I hope you find the educational information below and the upcoming series very interesting.

Cranes are among the oldest living birds on the planet. Fossil records place cranes in Nebraska more than nine million years ago. Cranes stop over in the Platte River Valley for 4 to 6 weeks to rest and regain strength on their way from near the Gulf Coast to their nesting grounds in Northern Canada and even into Alaska.

Cranes are usually 3-4 feet tall - weigh 6-12 pounds - wingspan of 6-7 feet - live 20-40 years. Cranes usually fly 25-35 mph and cover 200-300 miles a day but have been known to reach 500 miles with a good tail wind.

During the day, cranes "dance" to relieve the stress of migration and strengthen pair bonds. Cranes are very "social" birds and in the evening, congregate in wet meadows before heading back to the river for the night.
Thanks, so much, to everyone for looking in to my gallery and special thanks to all who leave thoughts, ideas and comments. -Larry
ISO 100 1/500 @ F 7.1
· Date: Mon March 16, 2009 · Views: 592 ·
Keywords: Animals - Wildlife
Camera Make / Model: Sony A100
Lens Make / Focal Length: Sony 4.5-5.6/75-300
Filters / Type Used: No
Flash / Type Used: No
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: Wildlife
State / County / Area Image Taken: Lexington, Nebraska
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United States of America
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Registered: December 2008
Mon March 16, 2009 10:19pm

Hi Larry, I’m looking foreword to this series, I read out your notes to my Wife, Oh she said
Never new that!

Anyway great opening shot.


Registered: February 2009
Tue March 17, 2009 12:02am

They are beautiful and you have shown them proud,Your clarity is perfect here.well done

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 40
Tue March 17, 2009 11:12am

Nice shot of the sandhill cranes - seeing them in a natural environment "dancing" must be a great sight
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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 157
Tue March 17, 2009 9:45pm

Hello Larry

Such beautiful and graceful birds these are I love this image and very much look forward to seeing more in this series. Absolutely wonderful notes too.
Thank you for posting

kind regards Helen
bev glint

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 3
Sun March 22, 2009 6:06pm

Excellent nature shot. Nice light and colurs. Thankyou for your kind comment on my river scene and for welcoming me back. I've been away too long!

Registered: March 2009
Posts: 1
Mon March 23, 2009 5:47pm

Hi Larry,
I never realized these birds were so beautiful. Nice clarity and colors. Looking forward to seeing more!

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,856
Thu March 26, 2009 8:47pm

Nicely captured Larry. The birds would seem very similar to the crane known as the Brolga in Australia.
Jan Holland

Registered: July 2009
Posts: 11
Tue October 20, 2009 4:51pm

Hello Larry.
Stunning picture you shows here.
Wonderful birds, unknown in our area.
Can imaging you took so many shots of.
Cheers from Jan

Registered: August 2009
Thu December 17, 2009 6:32pm

Thanks for your comments on my pic. Larry. I`ve commented on one or two of your pics. before and I think your latest one of the Cranes is exellent. Mind you any pics. of wildlife is fine by me so I also look forward to your follow ups of the Cranes. It`s great to hear that you took over 400 shots just on the Cranes because it`s a reminder to me to keep "snapping" when on an outing. I tend to see something, take a handfull of pics. then a quick check to see what I`ve taken and then move on. Have a Happy Christmas and New Year......Charlie.

Registered: December 2008
Posts: 3
Sat January 9, 2010 3:51am

hello Larry, the cranes also over winter here and I hear them calling every morning as I let the dog out. This really is a stunning capture with great light and colour. Well done! Have a good WE. Joni

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