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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Spring Travels

I'm blogging on the go this afternoon- waiting in Denver International Airport as my MacBook sips the free wireless. I'm off to the Florida Birding and Fotofest (their spelling, not mine.) If you are attending, drop by the Leica booth to say hi or check out my workshop on Sunday. A few weeks ago I took another great trip, visiting Nebraska for cranes and chickens. Yeah, I know non-birders think that I must be insane to purposefully go from Colorado to Nebraska for part of my spring break, but it was a great trip and I ran about 2500 shutter cycles on my new D300. So far, so great!! Thanks to the Denver Field Ornithologists and trip leader Alison Hilf for putting it all together. As expected, the congregation of hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes at the Rowe Sanctuary was mind-blowing. It is a little harder to get close-up shots there than at Bosque del Apache in New Mexico, but the river scenery and sunrise/sunset light was fabulous.

Chickens (both Greater Prairie-Chickens and Sharp-tailed Grouse) were on display at Calamus Outfitters, in the sand hills of N. Central Nebraska. Good times- y'all should get up there.

Oop- plane's boarding. That's all for now- see 'ya in Florida!


Michael Nelson said...

Love your photography!!! I am just dying to get a D300. I am still using my old D70 with a Tamron 200-500mm lense. Maybe this summer, christmas will come early.

Anna Simpson said...

Fantastic photographs. Keep up the fantastic work. I'll be back to view your blog again for sure.

Chrissy said...

What a great blog! Will definitely visit again. Have fun in Florida.

Tim Hajda said...

Great prairie-chickens!!! I love those birds. Calamus is indeed a fabulous place, I go up there practically every weekend in the summer. Thanks for sharing.