My first Sandies (11)

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Registered: Oct 31, 2007
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Believe it or not, I just saw my first Sandhill Cranes last weekend out near Lodi, CA. We went out for late afternoon, and will definitely try sunrise next time. They sure come in late when the good light is all but gone. But what sights and sounds! Now I get the pilgrimages to Bosque.

I was challenged exposing and post-processing many of these, but here are some of my first Sandie captures.

Comments and suggestions always welcome. Thanks for stopping by


Registered: Oct 31, 2007
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Registered: Jul 02, 2010
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Excellent work Jim! I especially like 3 & 4. There is a small group in #3 that are not at all cooperating with the general flow of things. Better have a talk with them!

Registered: Oct 31, 2007
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Tim Kuhn
Registered: Nov 29, 2006
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Congrats on the first Jim The first three for me, well done


Registered: Jan 11, 2010
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Sweet Jim, very Bosque'esqe


Rob Tillyer
Registered: Nov 17, 2007
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Nice job Jim, that's a shoot you'll not soon forget.


Registered: May 02, 2010
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Congratulations !!! I have never seen these and what a treat it must be.
My picks of would be 1,2,3,4 and 8. Lovely set.
Can't wait to see your sunrise shots


Registered: Feb 02, 2010
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nicely done Jim .. the first two for me

Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Congrats Jim on the firsts. You did well with these. 1 and 3 are my picks ~ Ron

Registered: May 23, 2008
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Welcome to the Fred Miranda Sandhill Love rehab center. All nice shots; #3 is my favorite.

Registered: May 22, 2002
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3, 5, 6 and 8 are super Jim


Karl Witt
Registered: Jul 11, 2007
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I am liking #4 and #9 as well as 1-3 Jim. Glad you had the chance to see multiples of them, I am still stuck on seeing two at most


Registered: Jul 14, 2012
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Beautiful set...first 3 for me..!!

Registered: Jul 08, 2008
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Jim, Congratulations, what a thrill it must have been and great photos to remember your first sandies by.


Registered: Oct 29, 2005
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Great shots Jim. I have not seen my first so I can only imagine the excitement.

Registered: Apr 24, 2005
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Nice images! If you didn't say anything, I could have mistaken these for Bosque. Nice job!

Thomas Sanders
Registered: Aug 17, 2008
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Always love seeing these big beautiful birds and you did em proud Jim!
Neat lighting treatment for these and hope you get another whack at em soon


Howard Kearley
Registered: Jul 16, 2008
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super shots and congrats


Registered: Jul 19, 2011
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Big congrats, Jim.
This looks like a lot of excitement. The air must have been full of sounds.

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