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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/17/12 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2012 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Sandhill Crane

(Grus canadensis)

Where: Socorro County, NM • Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: Bosque Del Apache means "woods of the Apache". This National Wildlife Refuge is located about one hundred miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The common name of this Crane references habitat in Nebraska's Sandhills, where they stopover during their migration to and from northern Canada each year. With migratory flocks containing hundreds of birds, they fly south for the winter. In their wintering areas they often form flocks of over ten-thousand birds. Bosque Del Apache is one place to observe this amazing occurrence. The Sandhill Crane's large wingspan is typically between five and a half and seven feet wide. This makes the Sandhill Crane a very skilled soaring bird that can stay aloft for many hours. They overnight in ponds to keep safe from predators. The morning this photograph was taken, the temperature was below twenty degrees and the water was frozen right up to the their knees. Somehow they were able to break free from the ice and head out to the fields to feed for the day. The warm Southwest morning light is quite beautiful on the soft gray plumage of this amazing species. This adventure was made possible by the support of my awesome wife, ohana and best friend, Lori. Mahalo.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1250 second • Aperture = f-6.3 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 640 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~50 Feet • Date Shot: 12-11-12

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