A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Greater Sandhill Crane
Of the 15 species of Cranes in the world, one that is the most common in the Midwest, including migration routes through Northern Illinois and Wisconsin is the Sandhill Crane. On our visit to the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin, we saw a few Sandhills. The ones we saw were 4' tall Greater Sandhills (Below, 7-31-10) in captivity, but the ICF boasts that they have had several wild Sandhills nesting on their grounds this spring. There are also Lesser Sandhills that are smaller in stature at 3'-6" and also are more brown in their overall color.
Hello, I have always been interested in birds, undoubtedly influenced by my mother and grandmother. As a young boy I remember paging through my parents' bird books. Both my Mom and Grandma would identify birds by both their songs and their looks. I enjoy nature and being out in it as often as I am able. Being a teacher helps - as I have much of the summer to do just that. I have done some nature and wildlife photography, but until a few years ago I never thought about photographing birds thinking that it would be too difficult - too small and too flighty. After a few thousand photos, my girlfriend suggested that I open a blog sharing some of the pictures that I have taken and hopefully will be taking in the future.
During the 3 years that have been writing this blog, I have graduated from my first camera, a Sony Digital, to my 2nd, a Canon Rebel T1i, to finally my 3rd and current camera - Canon EOS7D. I started with the standard 18-55mm lens, which I soon found was totally impractical. I then purchased a Canon 55-250mm which I used for quite some time, until I bought a Sigma 150-500mm.and finally sold that one and replaced it with a Sigma 150-600mm, my current birding lens.