Sandhill cranes at Reifel

Sandhill crane - © Christopher Martin-1965-2

There were a trio of Sandhill cranes along the trail north of the main gate of the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.  They were jostling with mallards and pigeons for the bird seed that is available at the entrance and purchased by some visitors.  This seems to be a good spot for them and it was a great place to photograph these cranes.  The Sandhill crane has an interesting story in Western Canada, it was really wonderful to see them up close.

A pair of longnecks - © Christopher Martin-1928

In the blink of an eye - © Christopher Martin-1915-2

14 responses

  1. Pingback: Reifel Bird Sanctuary – Sandhill Crane | Photograph: To draw in light.

  2. elmediat

    Superb compositions. I passed this post & the owl posts on to family & friends. Remarkable work. 🙂

    March 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

  3. Gorgeous photos, beautiful birds!

    March 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  4. WOW!! Absolutely breathtaking!

    March 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

  5. The first one caught my breath! They are beautiful and I have never seen them this close. Great opportunity well taken, Christopher.

    March 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

    • If you have a chance to visit this bird sanctuary, you have to go – its residents are amazing.

      March 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm

  6. Great work.

    March 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

  7. Great shots!!!

    March 25, 2013 at 3:12 am

  8. Great closeups

    March 25, 2013 at 12:44 am

    • Thanks Lyle. I was using my 500mm lens, which is a beast, so it was a fun challenge to create images with them bobbing and weaving as they hunted for seed and strutted around the pathway.

      March 29, 2013 at 4:06 am

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