Sunday, October 18, 2015

More Cranes

Here are some more of the beautiful cranes we saw when we visited the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, earlier this month.

All the photos in this post were achieved by shooting through a chain link fence. Although the camera did a fair job of focusing through the fence, you'll still see the blurred image of the fence in many of the shots.

Brolga (also known as Australian Crane), preening

Red-Crowned Crane (also known as Japanese Crane)

Sarus Crane
The Sarus Crane, pictured above, is the tallest flying bird in the world, standing at a height of up to 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m). It's a resident breeding bird in northern India, Nepal, Southeast Asia and Australia.

White-Naped Crane
The White-Naped Crane breeds in NE Mongolia, NE China and extreme SE Russia, and also in the Amur and Ussuri river basins. They winter in Korea, S Japan and CE China, in the Yangtze basin.

White-Naped Crane, head and neck
This crane "talked" to us the whole time we stood in front of its pen. I like to think we were having a friendly chat.

Lastly, in today's post, is the Siberian Crane. These showed some aggression, including squawking and wing flapping, when people approached their pen. It was brief, and I didn't capture any photos of that behavior. But I liked the expressiveness of their faces.

Siberian Crane

Siberian Crane
Also known as Snow Cranes, adults are nearly all snowy white except for their black primary feathers, that are visible in flight, and their brick-red faces and pinkish legs.

Siberian Crane

There were four more crane species that we saw that day, which I'll feature in the next post.


  1. Great photos of very beautiful birds. You did well through the fence. I've had that problem with window screens a time or two!

  2. These pictures are fantastic. The fences are hardly visible and don't detract from the bird at all.

  3. Beautiful captures, Linda! I have never seen one here in Montreal, but I do see the blue heron on a regular basis...however, these birds are very discrete and like statues, and unless you are alert and looking for one you most likely won't see it.

  4. great shots despite the wird. they are all so beautiful

  5. hard to position just through the hole in the fence, they need a deck to stand above all of these beauties

  6. aren't they intelligent looking!

  7. Wow.. they're beauties. And you did a great job of focusing on them through the fence. Nicely don, Linda.

  8. Linda, in my opinion, you achieved great results when shooting through the chain link fence, the cranes are captured very well. It must have been so interesting to see the variety in one place!
    By the way, with its 1.8 m, the Sarus Cranes are taller than I am! Though just a tiny bit… :)

  9. Thanks, Aisling. The shots we get through fences and screens may not be the best, but it would be far worse to miss them completely.

    Thank you, Ruth.

    Linda - You wouldn't be likely to see any of these that I've shown so far in Montreal, unless at a zoo. Of the 15 species of cranes, only two are native to North America. I'll show them in the next post.

    Thanks, Margaret.

    Steve - It wasn't really possible to position the camera in one of the openings in the wire. I just had to shoot through the wire. It's pretty neat when the auto focus can blur the wire like that and focus on the desired subject of the photo. But it doesn't always work. :)

    Tex - I thought the Siberian Crane was giving me an inquisitive look in the last photo. Birds are good at that "What are you looking at?" look.

    Thanks kindly, Hilary.

    Petra - Thanks for the kind words. It really was interesting to see so many different species in one place. I'm sorry that there were two who didn't make an appearance, but I was pleased that 13 did. That Sarus Crane would definitely be taller than I am.


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