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Say Ah!!!!

Say Ah!!!!
Photo Information
Copyright: Preston Moochnek (massulo) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 15] (209)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Nikon 70-300 ED f4.5-5-6
Exposure: f/5.4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-02 10:50
Viewed: 3747
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was sitting in my golf cart today about 5 feet from a family of 4 Sandhill Cranes--Its incredible how tame they become on the golf course- as I sat I watched the babys being feed by their parents!!!

Sandhill crane Grus canadensis


Identification Tips:
Length: 37 inches Wingspan: 80 inches
Large, long-legged, long-necked bird
Long, pointed bill
Holds neck straight both at rest and in flight, not tucking it in like herons do
Dark gray legs extended in flight
Long, fluffy tertials droop down over tail and primaries

Dark bill
Unfeathered red crown and lores
Entirely gray plumage, that often becomes stained with rust or brown, especially about the back and wings
Whitish cheeks and chin

Feathered crown
Gray-brown plumage mottled with cinnamon
Similar species:
All herons tuck their necks in an "S" curve while flying and lack the long, fluffy tertials and red crown. The very rare Whooping Crane is white overall with black primaries and a different head pattern.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-02 11:39]

Excelent capture and well done on this portrait. 5 feet away is awesome. Out here, we are lucky to be 100 feet.


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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-04-02 11:56]

Nice shot, Preston. I just came back from Homosassa, FL ( about 75 north of Tampa) and these cranes come right into my parents backyard and yes...my folks backyard overlooks a golf course! They are certainly vocal this time of year as I just got a shot of one with it's tongue out like this as well. Yours is much better than my capture.

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-04-02 14:24]

What a shot!
I like composition and colours.
Very good sharpness and DOF.
Well done.

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  • kazan Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 36] (158)
  • [2005-04-02 17:19]

Preston very good image... a little bit oversharpened IMHO but with exquisit bokeh and incredible hue!!! Try to correct your lens description on your details; as far as I know Nikon never had a 80-300 in their line. The lens is the 70-300 (D or G) one of the best travel-guns...!

Good closeup Preston. Amazing colour to the eye. Tack sharp details. Well done. TFS

Great portrait, very good sharpness and colours.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-03 12:10]

Razorsharp details and superb colors. This is and excellent portrait. Well done!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-03 15:12]

I love portraits, ind this one is stunning! The sharpness is excellent and the color great. You were very privilaged to witness this event.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-11 22:43]

Wow, what a great close-up of this sandhill crane, Preston! I have been attending the Sandhill Cranes Festival in Lodi, CA for the past two years. Though I have seen thousands of cranes, I have never been able to come close to a single one. Very sharp details. Excellent exposure and colors. Interesting POV. Fantastic shot! Thank you.

This is execelent.. It looks very similar to the White-naped crane that i posted some time back :)
Fantastic details, very sharp. The red eye just pops out the picture. Have you noticed how big the nostrils are ??


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