Photo Copyright J. Hervat Two sandhill cranes fly in formation. Fossils of close ancestors of these graceful birds show they have changed little in over nine million years.
I love these birds! The sandhills are my favorite residents in the wildlife habitat next to my Wisconsin studio. They are not as plentiful there as I would like, and I usually have to stealthily hunt them down to get within camera range--if I find any at all. For the most part, I was seldom able to get good images of them in flight. If they were flying, it was usually in the opposite direction.
On one especially fortunate day, a pair of them came to me. They appeared from behind a tree line and flew toward to me, almost passing overhead as I kept shooting. They then traced a large circle over the adjacent swamp and, to my surprise, came back towards me again. They did this three times, with me clicking away each time they flew past. Such co-operative subjects! I almost expected them to land next to me and ask if they could order prints!
The International Crane Foundation, headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin, works worldwide to conserve the fifteen species of cranes and their ecosystems, watersheds and flyways. All lovers of nature are encouraged to visit their website to learn of their vital and courageous efforts. They are at:
May 29th, 2020
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