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Common Crane / Közönséges Daru | by Kristian_B
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Common Crane / Közönséges Daru

It was quite an adventure to scout and photograph these cranes.

As I was on my way to a feeding place I heard them from a distance. They were really loud. Its mating season you know... :)

When I spotted them I realized they were too far away...

But since they were at the edge of a big field surrounded with trees i decided to go around them and try to get close from the forest (see the pic below).

This went pretty well since I could hear them all the time. The last meters I crawled very carefully. Unfortunately, I only managed to take 4 safety shots because as I was trying to get into a better position they spotted me and flew away... :-[

When I stood up my trousers were full with horse ants trying to bite me. Fortunately, its still cold outside so they were not so active. :)

 

Lessons learned: Crawl even more carefully, use camo, and check the ground for insects before you go down to take your winning picture!

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Taken on April 11, 2010