18 Whooping Cranes, Quivira NWR (9 November 2012)
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Date: 9 November 2012
Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS
Shoot Type: Wildlife
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Another awesome morning shoot, out with Jim Glynn again. I photographed an amazing sunrise then focused my attention to some Sandhill Cranes that were gathered on a small marsh northwest of Big Salt Marsh. Later in the morning, we investigated Little Salt Marsh where we counted 18 Whooping Cranes! All these cranes took flight at once headed south out of the refuge. Jim and I chased the cranes south about 10 miles or so. I managed to get 16 Whoopers in one frame in flight -- a truly one-of-a-king shot!

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9 November 2012

18 Whooping Cranes, Quivira NWR


Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:49:46 -0500
-Whooping Formation- Spring migration is underway and Whooping Cranes are on the move north. This image from Fall 2012 migration at Quivira NWR
  
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Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:27:37 -0600
-Buck and Cranes- A whitetail buck was seen casually strolling beyond this morning roost of Sandhill Cranes at Quivira NWR on 9 November 2012
Image details:
Nikon D3 with 600mm f/4 lens + 1.4x teleconverter
1/500s
f/13
ISO 1000
Tripod with Wimberley gimbal head
  
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Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:22:10 -0600
16 Whooping Cranes in-flight, which represents about 1/18th of the Wood Buffalo-Aransas (central flyway) population. 9 Nov 2012 Quivira NWR
  
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