Seen, heard, but not photographed

I heard the Sandhill, but did not photograph. But they were 2,000 feet above me. Got the camera, but they were pushed by the wind so fast. I estimate 80+ mph. Now I stand in the lane, sun setting, I hear, but do not see.


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14 responses to “Seen, heard, but not photographed

  1. Yes, it’s that time of year. They have started their northward migration here in California’s central valley too. We hear them overhead but are not always able to see them. I love the sound they make.

  2. But there is the photograph still in the mind. I also have many of those. Just as good; many, better.

  3. I love the cranes, I hope I’ll see some of “our cranes” this year in my holidays.
    It’s a special event when you can hear them – and maybe you’ll “catch” them another day, Jack. Those magic, beautiful birds.

  4. Wow! It is March, isn’t it. Three years ago I visited the cranes along the Platte River in Nebraska during the northward migration in March. A remarkable experience made all the more stunning by the thousand upon thousands of snow geese among the tall elegant, dancing, kettling Sandhills. I can hear the raucus, haunting call you must have heard so high in the air.

    • I like the description you give. “Kettling.” Not seen that. I would like to see the Platte River with all the waterfowl.

      • Kettling is what they call the spiral flight pattern as the cranes fly up in flock to find the winds. They will do this frequently as they begin to sense the winds are right for the northward migration. When they catch the stream they will be gone.

      • Wendy: Thanks so much for this field data. It explains several things to me, but especially why I see them circling above the ranch. I thought they were looking for a place to feed, but now I know better.

  5. I got to photograph the Sandhills in Corrales, NM, in a cornfield where there were hundreds flying in and out. Among them were other birds: mallards and Canadian geese. I could photograph them closer rather than going down to Bosque de Apache where it is harder to get a close picture of them.

  6. It is amazing how fast the seasons come and go. I am glad to have found your blog.

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