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Old 03-13-2019, 01:52 PM   #1
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Highly endangered at 849 in the world

Wife and I went early January and hung around in Lamar/Goose Island SP. I wanted more and went a month later and went out on a photography charter. Weather didn't cooperate but it's winter along the Aransas NWR coast. Here are a few shots plus the link to the gallery. All shots this year with Sony a7R III and the Sony FE 100-400.

Bill's Crane Gallery There are also Sandhills in this gallery.

Shot taken during a territorial dispute. Four birds were actually involved in the dispute



Family unit with juvenile, no. 30 is the male



Primary diet item is blue crab, they eat about 80 per day.





Pair at Lamar on private land, taken from 8th St.

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Old 03-13-2019, 01:59 PM   #2
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Great shots! Thank you for sharing.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:13 PM   #3
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Cool shots!
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:16 PM   #4
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They are cool birds and great pics. Thanks for sharing.
I remember about 8 years ago or so A friend of mine and I were guiding ( a group of Houston Dynamo players of all people) on a speck and snow goose hunt out on the Garwood Prairie when a pair came in and landed about 300-400 yards away in another pasture. A few minutes later, here came a the green Game Warden truck creeping along. He would stop and glass the birds and then he would glass us. Very soon after he showed up, he parked and came tromping across our pasture. Never checked guns, never checked licenses, never introduced himself.....nothing. He simply said " Those are Whooping Cranes and y'alls hunt is OVER"
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:50 PM   #5
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Nice shots. Beautiful as usual!
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:12 PM   #6
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Thanks! It is like being there in person!
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:22 PM   #7
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Awesome shots, Bill!


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Old 03-13-2019, 03:49 PM   #8
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Cool shots!
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They are cool birds and great pics. Thanks for sharing.
I remember about 8 years ago or so A friend of mine and I were guiding ( a group of Houston Dynamo players of all people) on a speck and snow goose hunt out on the Garwood Prairie when a pair came in and landed about 300-400 yards away in another pasture. A few minutes later, here came a the green Game Warden truck creeping along. He would stop and glass the birds and then he would glass us. Very soon after he showed up, he parked and came tromping across our pasture. Never checked guns, never checked licenses, never introduced himself.....nothing. He simply said " Those are Whooping Cranes and y'alls hunt is OVER"
Yeh, they get pretty testy about these birds. A couple were killed toward Beaumont a couple of years ago. It didn't go well for the young man that did the shooting.

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Old 03-13-2019, 03:55 PM   #9
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Good Lord. Greatness.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:04 PM   #10
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ribeye in the sky!!!











oh, wait....
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Really cool shots! Pin sharp.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:48 PM   #12
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Good Lord. Greatness.
Ha! Thanks Mike.

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At this very moment Federal GWs are looking you up.


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Thanks, Tyler. You ought to go do one of these charters sometime.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:46 PM   #13
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Curious about range and lens?
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:31 AM   #14
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Curious about range and lens?
Mike, the lens is a Sony FE Telephoto 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS. I would have used a 1.4X teleconverter also but the weather was really overcast most of the morning. Distances varied from 35? to 50 yds probably. The camera mentioned in my OP is 42 mp so I can crop pretty good and keep some detail.
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Very nice. I was just curious as the range and equipment needed to get shots like those. Again, very nice.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:49 AM   #16
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cool pics. nice job.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:08 AM   #17
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:38 PM   #18
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Awesome pics, Bill!
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:51 PM   #19
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:56 PM   #20
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Really cool shots!
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:39 PM   #21
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I like the one with the crab in the beak! Great pics! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:07 PM   #22
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Very nice. I was just curious as the range and equipment needed to get shots like those. Again, very nice.
No problem and thanks again.
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Nice pics
Thank you guys, appreciated.

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Who are you? Thanks Devin.

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Really cool shots!
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I like the one with the crab in the beak! Great pics! Thanks for sharing.
They eat a lot of crab. Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:51 PM   #23
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Great shots.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:32 PM   #24
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Great photos! Have 3 of them that hang around our duck and goose hunting properties during the season.
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:06 AM   #25
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Great shots.
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Thanks! You must be a bit south. They are neat birds and large.
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Old 03-27-2019, 02:50 PM   #26
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Well Done, #1 is wonderful...
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Old 04-04-2019, 03:42 PM   #27
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Thank you, Mr. Bill.
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Old 04-04-2019, 05:04 PM   #28
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Great shots Bill!


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Old 04-17-2019, 09:15 PM   #29
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ribeye in the sky!!!











Oh, wait....:d
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:22 PM   #30
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Great shots Bill!


Sierracharlie out…
Thanks

As far as ribeye in the sky, wrong crane and you likely wouldn't like the fine and jail time.
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Old 04-26-2019, 04:14 PM   #31
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Your bird photography is on point, sir!

I may have missed it but I'm curious what tripod and head you're using, gimbal perhaps?
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Old 05-01-2019, 02:50 PM   #32
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Stunning photos, I love the one with the crab!
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Old 05-01-2019, 03:08 PM   #33
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Those shots are incredible.
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Old 05-01-2019, 04:33 PM   #34
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Your bird photography is on point, sir!

I may have missed it but I'm curious what tripod and head you're using, gimbal perhaps?
I used a tripod and gimbal and have for years. Since my Sony equipment is lighter my whole tripod and head is under 5 lbs.

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Those shots are incredible.
Thanks to all 3 of you for the nice comments. About 80 crabs a day are eaten.
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