Sunday, 4 November 2012

Crane gathering

It was easy to find Common Cranes (Grus grus/Kraanvogel) around the moors near Diepholz, Germany; there were ± 40.000 of them, making a stopover during migration to feed on the harvested corn fields. What was not so easy was to find a nice autumn setting with cranes in front of it. This photo comes close to what I pre-visualized. While I was photographing these Cranes (a few families) a lot of passing ‘Sunday-afternoon Crane- watchers’ told me to go a few km’s further east down the road: “Over 1000 Cranes are standing on a green meadow out in the open, at much closer range”. They didn’t understand why I was so stubborn to stay here at this disturbance-safe distance.

* Canon EOS 7D with 500mm/f4 IS; ISO-400, f5.6, 1/500s; -0.3 stop; tripod.


advanduren said...

Hoi Gerard,

Mooie sfeer in dit plaatje, ik besef steeds meer hoeveel geluk ik heb gehad dat ik ze vorig jaar hier zo dichtbij in de Deurnesche Peel heb kunnen fotograferen.


Lasse said...

Great shot ! Merry Christmas !