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Mad Dash to Takeoff

Mad Dash to Takeoff

Friday’s post showed some synchronized landing action – today’s photo focuses on the the takeoff of the Sandhill Cranes.  The takeoff is actually harder to get a good photo of.  There are so many Cranes on the pond that it is almost impossible to get one without another 20 cranes in the photo just standing around.  I found the best way to do it was to wait until most of the cranes had already left and then just focus on one of the closer groups and hope they leave while you are watching them.  Luckily, the cranes seem to “point” by straightening out their back and starting to walk forward just before they take off.  If you picked the right group, it is then possible to get an image of them starting to run/hop while beginning to flap their wings and thrusting themselves into the air….  I managed to get this shot of a couple of cranes in various stages of the liftoff with a nicely photogenic crane in the foreground showing us his/her beautiful plumage.  Hope you enjoy.


12 responses

  1. jumpingpolarbear

    Nature and the animals in it are just so beautiful. Awesome photo!

    December 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    • JPB – Thanks – looking at your blog I know you appreciate wildlife like i do.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  2. Spectacular !!!

    December 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    • Thanks Clanmother – they really are!

      December 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  3. Oh wow, Scott … another incredible shot! Just stunning.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    • Thanks Cheryl – their interactions were great to be around. I wish we could understand how they communicate!

      December 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  4. So beautiful.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    • TAS – Thank you. And thank you for your obvious love and care for the animal kingdom – well done.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  5. Piece of art! You managed to take the defined beauty of the wings!

    December 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    • RR – thank you so much! The Bosque at this time of year is magical with the combination of the bird migrations and the NM environment.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  6. Really a lovely capture…. What timing!!

    December 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

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