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Crane Family Pictures

March 17, 2011
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This past week I made a side trip to Kaliga Park in St Cloud, Florida, to seek out a spot that historically has been good for Snail Kite.  I did find it, a ratty little juvi bird that made several passes over my head, wherein I experienced the ecstasy of being so near such a fantastic bird and the agony of realizing that trusting my autofocus to a quickly maneuvering bird is beyond the capabilities of our future robot overlords (I’m looking at you, Watson).

After the Snail Kite, the next best thing at this fairly innocuous park along East Lake Tohopekaliga was a family of Sandhill Cranes foraging in the marsh.  When I saw the young bird feeding between the two adults I sat down between the fire ant mounds and the piles of dog droppings and starting taking photos.

The birds showed no fear – perhaps they were used to being fed? – and soon were within five feet of me.  Too close even to get their entire heads in the frame.  Anyway, it was quite the experience as you can probably tell.

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5 Comments
  1. March 17, 2011 9:09 pm

    Nate, these are absurdly good shots and I can’t even imagine how cool it must have been to have Sandhill Cranes at that range.

  2. March 18, 2011 5:02 pm

    Fabulous shots! I love the chick. How is that these divine cranes are still allowed to be hunted?

  3. Nate permalink*
    March 20, 2011 11:22 am

    @Corey- Thanks. It’s very cool, as you’d probably expect.

    @Jane- Thanks! Yeah, I don’t get that either, but I admit to not really getting hunting in general anyway.

  4. March 21, 2011 4:32 am

    I – N – S – A – N – E

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