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p.1 #1 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Just got finished with a two-day shoot at Quivira NWR (central KS). The whooping crane put on a wonderful show for us in-flight. On Thursday morning, we had 3 whoopers lift-off from a mud flat around 10:30am and flew right over us for some nice images. Then today, there were 18 whoopers congregated at the Little Salt Marsh and the ALL took off at the same time shortly before 10am, heading south (not sure for good or to feed... there's a stiff south wind today immediately south of the refuge). At any rate, a rare high number of them were in flight close together providing for a very unique image of 16 whoopers in the same frame in flight including 2 rust-colored juveniles and one adult that had a tracking unit attached to one of its legs.

Nikon D3
f/25 (Whoops, I didn't mean to have the aperture that closed down!)
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ISO 1000
600mm + 1.4x TC




Nov 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
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p.1 #2 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Great formation Mike, excellent focus too

Tom



Nov 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #3 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


That's a shot to treasure Mike, way to go.

Rob



Nov 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
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p.1 #4 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Great shot but a little excessive on the watermark BG.

-Tim



Nov 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
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p.1 #5 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Rob, Tim: Thanks for the comments. Regarding the watermark, I try to make them as transparent as possible so as to limit distraction. I either do this, or I don't share my images at all. Sorry, I'm not going to post a 1400px image on any forum or my website without a little protection. It's the world we live in. Thanks, Mike


Nov 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
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p.1 #6 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Very nice Mike

Morris



Nov 09, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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p.1 #7 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


morris wrote:
Very nice Mike

Morris


Thank you, Morris!



Nov 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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p.1 #8 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


great shot Mike


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p.1 #9 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Mike,

A bird I've seen, and unique to my neck of the woods, thanks for sharing.

Wes N.



Nov 10, 2012 at 01:14 AM
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p.1 #10 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Now there's an uncommon sight! Super photo Mike!!

Tim



Nov 10, 2012 at 02:32 AM
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p.1 #11 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


kmunroe, Wes, Tim,
Thanks for the feedback. I love photographing sandhill cranes, let alone the opportunity to photograph the Whoopers. This just put it over the top. I was so excited to be in the vicinity of these cranes, those of which part of the main self-sustaining wild flock (this flock could very well be up to 300 now after this year's breeding season). It seems like the November whooper numbers over the past couple years have been on a steady increase during the fall migration at Quivira/Cheyenne Bottoms in Kansas -- a good sign.

Mike U



Nov 10, 2012 at 07:34 AM
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p.1 #12 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Mike: Your photo of the 16 whooping cranes on Quivira NWR are the best I have ever seen. Could I post the photo and any words you may have about your experience on Quivira on our web page. whoopingcrane.com

Thanks.
Chester McConnell
Whooping Crane Conservation Association



Nov 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM
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p.1 #13 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Very cool photo!


Nov 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
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p.1 #14 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


wmicmc wrote:
Mike: Your photo of the 16 whooping cranes on Quivira NWR are the best I have ever seen. Could I post the photo and any words you may have about your experience on Quivira on our web page. whoopingcrane.com

Thanks.
Chester McConnell
Whooping Crane Conservation Association


Chester: Yes. I sent you a PM



Nov 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
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p.1 #15 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Well captured Mike, that's a beauty.
David



Nov 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
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p.1 #16 · 16 Whooping Cranes BIF! Quivira NWR


Totally Fabulous!!!!!!

congratulations Mike

well done indeed!!!!

Lucky




Nov 10, 2012 at 03:38 PM





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