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Feeding Baby

Feeding Baby
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Copyright: Joel Orlinsky (joelo) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Olympus TCON17, 1.7x Teleconverter
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like), Lake County Forest Preserve & Natural Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-23 22:12
Viewed: 3604
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A couple of times a month, I volunteer to lead bird walks at the Volo Bog State Natural Area in northern Illinois. The highlight of last Saturday’s walk was a good look at these Sandhill Cranes. It was just about noon, and the lighting was (to put it mildly) harsh. My FZ50 with Tcon-17 was mounted on a Bushhawk shoulder stock. Expecting the photos to need a lot of work, I shot in raw mode. I have done some post processing, but am not quite happy with the results. Any processing advice will be appreciated.

The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is a tall gray bird of open grasslands, meadows, and wetlands. It is typically 120 cm (47 in) with a wingspan of 200 cm (79 in). It often lays two to three eggs, but generally raises one young. I have no idea why, but the young are called colts.

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Hi Joel,
You have captured a really special moment in this image with one of the parents feeding its young. Yes I can see the lighting was harsh but when one is able to capture an image such as this we can't be worried about the time of day. Great capture. You did well to capture a moment when both the adult birds had their heads out from behind the reeds. Well done.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-24 14:20]

Hello Joel, impressive capture, excellent camera work, very powerful capture of this rare Crane, I really like this one, great POV, composition, and sharpness, the collors and details are fantastic, gongratulation in a fine picture..well done..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-24 14:53]

Hello Joel,
The thumbnail doesn't do this shot justice: a lot of people miss it for this reason.
But it shows a fine natural scene of Sandhill Crane parental care in a fine composition with good colour and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Regards, Ivan

great intimate pic, TFS Ori

Hi Joel,
Natural setting, albeit secluded. You've caught the three in good proximity with a good POV as well. Harsh light handled well. And the "colt" makes the shot work of course..They call them "colts" then?
Who knew :)

Hello Joel,
You capture a nice moment very hard to shot,
but you manege to get the colors very sharp, in a perfect frame, TFS regards/Lawhill

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-04 22:07]

Good image! Never saw a Sandhill Crane chick! Nice Family photo.
Following your invitation to look at postwork options I posted my take on it to the workshop!
Cheers and TFS, Klaus

Hi Joel,
Interesting picture of the Sandhill Crane. Good focus betwen the plants. Difficult shot and you manage it well.
TFS, Mario.

like this image, beautiful capture of the little sandhill crane, like the natural surroundings of, I was up there this past sunday and I finally got to see a sandhill crane fam. up close too.. the baby was very hard to spot at first it blended right in the tall grass, but when i approached the couple they didn't fly off that's actually when i got close look of the baby, they were right across from the office building, up that little hill after boardwalk ends.. beautiful..thanks for sharing

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