Sandhill Crane on Center Island

Sandhill Crane on Center Island

Sandhill Crane on Center Island  Sandhills seem to adapt well to their environment. They are very smart birds.  A nesting pair was standing along the road as I went by.  They waited for the traffic to clear, then crossed two lanes of a four lane highway to the center island.  This image was captured after I made a U-turn and headed back.  They were in no hurry to cross the other two lanes and seemed quite at ease with cars passing by.

Frog on Walkabout

Frog on Walkabout

Frog on Walkabout  Finally, on tonight’s walkabout, I was able to capture an image of a frog in the local slough.  I’ve been trying for awhile. Every Time I would get close enough for a shot, the frogs would see and/or hear me and jump away then under water.  They really blend in with the other debris and slime in the water.  Next, I’ll try for a head on shot.  Sure frogs are fairly common in the midwest during the summer months.  Sometimes, an image with an uncommon angle of a common subject can be great.  You may notice the ISO at 3200.  So yes, I took out some noise in post processing.

Great Blue Heron Fishing

Great Blue Heron Fishing

Great Blue Heron Fishing  On my walkabouts, it’s easy to pass up species common to the area like the Great Blue Heron.  Great Blue Heron are both common and beautiful.  With changing light particularly late in the day, several images of the same heron can look quite different.  And, if the heron are accustomed to people in the area, it does not take a very long lens to capture nice images.