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Amongst the Flock

Amongst the Flock
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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 11:15
Viewed: 3649
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In amongst a flock of Eurasian Cranes on the edge of the Hula Lake in Northern Israel.The image was taken late in the day just as the sun was disappearing behind the surrounding mountains.

Hula Valley Cranes
A phenomenon that happens every winter in Israel for at least the last 15 years or so.Some 70,000 birds arrive in the north of the country during their migration to warmer weather in africa.At least 30,000 stay during the whole of the winter and return to Europe in march.The flock is protected by the Society for the Protection of Nature.

In the early years, the cranes caused major damage to area farmers. The large birds (averaging 1 meter in length and with a 2-meter wingspan) found plentiful food in the adjacent fields. The frustrated farmers tried various tactics to scare them off, such as loud explosive sounds. By 1999, valley farmers had suffered NIS 1.2 million worth of crop damage, on top of spending NIS 600,000 annually on futile attempts to get rid of the menace.

A solution was eventually found: For the past six years, workers have distributed 3 tons of corn daily over 700 dunam - a total of 200 tons each winter.The farmers' fields are spared, though cranes occasionally have to be shooed off cultivated land and shown the way to their feeding grounds.

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Hello David what a large no of Cranes good DOF :-) all looks sharp nicely composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-01-23 0:58]

Very nice capture, David! Amazing! Excellent POV and timing! Nice lights!

Hi Dave,
An amazing flock of cranes.
What zoo did you visit to take this picture? :-D
I like the evening colors, and to see them both on land and in the air.
TFS - Shir

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-23 8:17]
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Hello David,
Brilliant silhuettes of all these beautiful cranes. We get hundreds of them in the spring here in south Sweden too, but it is hard to get near them for good photos. Very impressive capture and beautiful evening colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi David,
a ice picture a this huge flock of cranes,
In the spring we can also see them here in very big numbers but they are very shy, so it hard to get a decent shot.
Good details and nice colours.
Well done.

Hello David,
Just like some birds up here flocking these days, with one difference... my birds are smaller, much smaller!
This is an awesome repetition effect, the image is so busy its hard to know where to start...
It is great to see those majestic birds in such numbers!
Pablo -

Hi David, amazing composition with a lot of birds, great landscape in the background, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello David,
This is a very impressive picture. I just wonder if this is a repost as I saw one very similar a few month ago... Anyway, I like those impressive tones of colors and great contrast between the birds in the sky, those on the ground and the vegetationís colors. This is beautiful! Thanks,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-26 22:40]

Hello David

A very impressive shot,with informative notes.The sky is black with cranes.Well composed with a very good POV.TFS


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