A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Saturday, August 7, 2010
White-naped Cranes (Below, 7-31-10) are another interesting Crane species we saw at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI. They have a very striking appearance with a dark gray body and dark gray stripe up the side of a white neck and nape. A reddish face with a gray patch on the ear also serve to identify this species. Males and females are virtually indistinguishable, although in breeding pairs males tend to be slightly larger in size than females, which grow to about 4' tall.
White-naped Cranes in the wild breed in northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China, and adjacent areas of southeastern Russia, and migrate south through China to wintering at wetlands in the middle Yangtze River valley. An interesting tidbit is approximately 2,000 birds in the eastern portion of the breeding range migrate through the Korean peninsula and several hundred remain on wintering grounds in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The remainder continues on to the Japanese island of Kyushu where they rely heavily upon an artificial feeding station.
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 my current lens, Sigma 150-500mm.