Cranes on the fly

Cranes on the fly

While I was in Homer to photograph a wedding, I was constantly on the lookout for other photo opportunities. On the way back out onto the spit from the rehearsal at the ceremony site, I looked to my right at the wetlands to the west of Beluga Lake and saw movement. I slowed down and saw two adult sandhill cranes strutting through the grasses with a fluffy blonde chick, backlit by the late afternoon sun. I pulled over as soon as I could, got the right gear together (my 500mm f/4.0 lens and heavy Gitzo tripod) and walked back to a good spot for a photo. Unfortunately, the cranes were not moving toward me or even parallel, but slowly working at an angle away from me. It was a treat, though, as I did not expect to see any sandhill cranes in Homer at this time of year.

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