Ya, we got Sandhill Cranes in Indiana!

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Like some dummy, I forgot my heavy Gitzo 1340? tripod with the full wimberley on it, and only brought up the little Gitzo 1228 with only a Markins M-10 ballhead. Now, if you've ever tried to shoot @700mm sitting only on a ballhead, I'm here to tell you it ain't easy!
Also, needed to stop down more to get their head in better focus. These are a couple of my better efforts. It was windy and they were about 400 ft away.
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Well captured Steve, especially the first. Did you really get those in Indiana??
 
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Yep, in Syracuse Indiana, believe it or not

They're just not nearly as abundant around here vs Fla. You really gotta look for them.
 
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Uh, Steve, Syracuse is in NY.... :lol:

Wonder why they are in FL and IN, but not here in between??
 
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Search me Flew, maybe they don't care for Alabama grubs!

:? My cottage is in the lakes region of NW Indiana, and I hear they're fairly plentiful in some of the other places not far from me here.

Here's a couple more decent shots. Like I said I had to shoot with a 700mm lens mounted only on a Markins M-10 ballhead. Needed to stop down more too. Not the easiest thing to do. Plus, these were about 50% crops. Didn't get that close.
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Two more pretty good shots Steve. Guess I'll have to buy some Indiana grubs to attract them here. 8)
 
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Re: Yep, in Syracuse Indiana, believe it or not

Steve S said:
They're just not nearly as abundant around here vs Fla. You really gotta look for them.
yeah, and you need monster lenses to get a close up :)

Need to come down here where they ignore you and feed feet away so you can get some tighter shots....

this one is essentially uncropped:
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Those are good shots, we just need to get you a bit closer, thats all.. 8)
 
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Hey, how you doing Harris!?

Looks like I missed your call again. Sorry bout that. You're so right! 400 ft away, is nuts!
 

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