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Dove Sentries and Sandhill Cranes...

In my previous post I mentioned that Bud and I went out birding for a few minutes this past Sunday. Altho we heard but did not see the Bobwhite Quail, we were witness to a huge flock [Bud estimated the field was filled with around 100 cranes] of Sandhill Cranes. The flock at first was about 40, but so many others dazzled our senses as they flew in to join their kind. The field was literally gray!! Even setting the camera's options on panoramic, there was just no way to get 'em all in one photo... When I first started taking photos, there were two Mourning Doves at the gate...



36 comments :

  1. Oh my, Anni I would absolutely LOVE to see that... a whole field of Sandhill cranes. Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

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  2. Very nice pictures. We have the MS Sandhill Crane here and I hope to get a picture of one, one day.

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  3. I love to see these birds in flight. So magnificent. Thanks, Anni! :-)

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  4. Yes, Miss Anni I take your challenge and I shall bring you my K! Your gate capture is stunning! Love your birds in flight or not!

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  5. Anni, great job of getting these birds in flight, and on the ground. They are so graceful. I had a neighbor who always followed the migration of the Sand Hill Cranes, and finally got to travel to see them.

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  6. The Cranes are such awesome looking birds.

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  7. Oh, I love the Cranes and what terrific captures -- as always!!!! I do love seeing them in flight!! Hope your week is going well, Anni, and that you're feeling good again!!

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  8. Hi Anni those Sandhill Crane images are beautiful!

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  9. Wow! What a phenomenal sight to see so many Sandhill Cranes together in one field and in the air. Such great pictures!

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  10. Oh WOW! I would love to see so many Cranes.

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  11. Love the red on their faces! Great photos of the sandhills! Hope you are doing well. We have several comments on my Get Well Anni post!

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  12. Splendid birds and splendid pictures. I'd love to see some of these birds.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: how are you doing?

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  13. Everything is beautiful. I love to see the Sandhill Cranes and to hear them as they fly.

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  14. Must have been a crane convention. I bet that was pretty fascinating to see them all in one place

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  15. I think it cool to watch cranes "dance" anyhow our mountain blue birds return.
    Coffee is on

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  16. I would love to see the sandhill cranes! Fabulous photos as always, Anni!

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  17. Beautiful pictures of the cranes, Anni!
    I'm not good at taking pictures of birds :))
    Love the first one with the doves on the gate :)
    Have a beautiful day!
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  18. holy moly, it's like a zoo!! how cool to see so many!

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  19. Anni the sand cranes are gorgeous! What an amazing sight it must have been seeing so many in one spot.
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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  20. These were worth going out a few minutes for. I like that third photo where the crane in flight looks like it's suspended in air while looking for a spot to set down. :)
    So sorry to hear about your heart attack. Hope you are doing well. Good to know you are getting out.

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  21. oh, that's so neat! thanks, anni!

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  22. The Sandhill Cranes are so beautiful. I've never seen so many. only three or four at the same time. Gorgeous.
    It's good to see you here again. I hope you are doing well and taking good care of yourself. Lifestyle changes are difficult (I know from experience) but possible - and in the end, really good. All the very best to you, Anni.

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  23. I was so busy looking at the cranes, I didn't notice the fence on my first look...NOW I see it! :-)

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  24. I like these....just love Sandhill cranes. We had flock after flock fly over here last Sunday...had only seen a few a time or two in the past. It was so much fun...then we went to this place that is a stop over place for them Monday but there were not as many there as had flew over here on Sunday.

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  25. Fantastc number of Cranes in this post

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  26. I like your Sandhill Cranes, they are such dinosaurs.
    ~

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  27. Oh I do so love the Sandhill Cranes and you certainly captured a wonderful series here and with a fence ... how cool is that! Are these migrating or do you have that many that stay with you all summer. Pretty amazing numbers. I had the privilege of seeing similar sights when I went to Platt River, Nebraska for the great migration. Makes your heart stop, doesn't it.

    As for finding a letter in nature for my name ... I think it is a great idea. I am always looking for things that are there, but not there, if you get my gist. I could be clever and just steal your letter since my name starts with an A as well ... But, what's the fun in that? This will be great fun, Annie ... very smart idea :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  28. They are great shots of the cranes, I don't think I have ever seen a crane before let alone this many at once.

    Diana
    http://adifferentlenslens365.blogspot.co.nz/2015/03/both-sides-of-driveway.html

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  29. Cool sighting of the cranes! I always enjoy seeing them! Thanks for linking up, happy weekend!

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  30. quite a big gathering where was the figure in photo bad eyes here

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  31. All those cranes! What a wonderful sight!

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  32. A wonderful encounter to see so many of the same species together.

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  33. Large flocks of Sandhill Cranes (or any cranes for that matter) are surely one of nature's great spectacles.

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  34. Wonderful photos. Ron and I saw a field full of snow geese today (pic posted on my blog) and he told me about the time he saw Sandhills cranes in Nebraska. Fun that he was just talking about them and here they are.

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  35. Lucky you to see these sandhill cranes! Hope you're getting some exercise and feeling stronger, Annie.

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