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Cranes from 2014 are back and have started nesting

Last year (2014) I had the opportunity to follow a pair of cranes nesting and bringing up two healthy chicks. I followed them from late April to late August when they moved south.This year (2015) they came back about 3 weeks earlier than last year, and started nesting on almost exactly the same spot as last year. That gives me the the possibilities to study them, take photos and film them, at least until the chicks are 2-3 weeks old. After that they will move around much more in a substantially larger area. Their nest is located 60-70 meters from a small private (mine!) gravel road with barely no traffic.As long as they stay in the nest and in the area around the nest I can study them from my car which does not disturb them. So far I have not been able to step out from the car and put up a tripod, so I have to rely on a been bag for lens support. I will definitely try to leave the car and use tripod since I have two rather big and heavy tele lenses.If they (and I !) are lucky this blog post will expand until August (hopefully!).Gear for video: Canon EOS 1DC wirg EF 200-400mm/4L with 1.4x built in extender and a Shogun 4K 7" monitor/4K recorder. Video in 4K.Canon EOS 7D MkII with Tamron 150-600 mm/5-6.3 and a Ninja 2 monitor/recorder. Video in 1920x1080p.Gear for stills:Canon EOS 5D Mk III with different lenses (including these above).

Apr 23, 2015

Cranes from 2014 are back and have started nesting

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Last year (2014) I had the opportunity to follow a pair of cranes nesting and bringing up two healthy chicks. I followed them from late April to late August when they moved south.
This year (2015) they came back about 3 weeks earlier than last year, and started nesting on almost exactly the same spot as last year. That gives me the the possibilities to study them, take photos and film them, at least until the chicks are 2-3 weeks old. After that they will move around much more in a substantially larger area. Their nest is located 60-70 meters from a small private (mine!) gravel road with barely no traffic.

As long as they stay in the nest and in the area around the nest I can study them from my car which does not disturb them. So far I have not been able to step out from the car and put up a tripod, so I have to rely on a been bag for lens support. I will definitely try to leave the car and use tripod since I have two rather big and heavy tele lenses.

If they (and I !) are lucky this blog post will expand until August (hopefully!).

Gear for video: 
Canon EOS 1DC wirg EF 200-400mm/4L with 1.4x built in extender and a Shogun 4K 7" monitor/4K recorder. Video in 4K.
Canon EOS 7D MkII with Tamron 150-600 mm/5-6.3 and a Ninja 2 monitor/recorder. Video in 1920x1080p.

Gear for stills:
Canon EOS 5D Mk III with different lenses (including these above).

The crane pair are flying in towards the "swamp" land where they will nest.
Cranes are back

The crane pair are flying in towards the "swamp" land where they will nest.

Apr 23, 2015
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Cranes are back Capture Date: Mar 25, 2015 02:00 AM
The cranes from 2014 are back about 3 weeks earlier than last year
Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:800Exposure:1/1000 secAperture:f / 9.0Focal Length:540 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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60 meters from their nest there is a small creek, or rather ditch, and there is a lot of frogs in this neighborhood for them to feast on.
Crane pair

60 meters from their nest there is a small creek, or rather ditch, and there is a lot of frogs in this neighborhood for them to feast on.

Apr 23, 2015
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Crane pair Capture Date: Mar 25, 2015 02:00 AM
Our crane pair from 2014 is back in the same area they nested in 2014.
Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:800Exposure:1/1600 secAperture:f / 9.0Focal Length:526 mmFlash:Did not Fire
Tags: SWALLOW
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Crane

Crane

Apr 23, 2015
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Crane Capture Date: Mar 25, 2015 02:00 AM
Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:800Exposure:1/1250 secAperture:f / 9.0Focal Length:560 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Crane

Crane

Apr 23, 2015
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Crane Capture Date: Mar 25, 2015 02:00 AM
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Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:800Exposure:1/1250 secAperture:f / 9.0Focal Length:560 mmFlash:Did not Fire
Tags: Tranor, , CRANE
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2015-04-09:
One of the cranes laying on the eggs. Both parents takes turns on laying on the eggs (for incubation).
This photo and the next one are shot with EOS 1 DC and Tamron 150-600 mm/5-6.3. I just got his lens today and these are the first attempts to use it.
Crane on eggs 2015

2015-04-09:One of the cranes laying on the eggs. Both parents takes turns on laying on the eggs (for incubation).This photo and the next one are shot with EOS 1 DC and Tamron 150-600 mm/5-6.3. I just got his lens today and these are the first attempts to use it.

Apr 23, 2015
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Crane on eggs 2015 Capture Date: Apr 9, 2015 12:43 PM
2015-04-09 - 3 days after the eggs were layed.
First shots with Tamron 150-600 mm.
Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:800Exposure:1/1000 secAperture:f / 8.0Focal Length:600 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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This photo is shot just before the "change of guards" an one can see two brownish eggs, one in front of each foot.
Cranes with eggs 2015

This photo is shot just before the "change of guards" an one can see two brownish eggs, one in front of each foot.

Apr 23, 2015
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Cranes with eggs 2015 Capture Date: Apr 9, 2015 12:43 PM
2015-04-09 - 3 days after the eggs were layed. 2 eggs visible on the ground.
First shots with Tamron 150-600 mm
Camera:Canon EOS-1D CISO Speed:800Exposure:1/800 secAperture:f / 9.0Focal Length:600 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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2015-04-10:
Today I received my new Canon EOS 7D MkII but I didn't have time to test it until after 7 PM (19:00).
I tested with the new Tamron 150-600mm/5-6.3 which on this camera gives a max. focal length corresponding to 900 mm on a full frame camera.
Below you can see a few examples.

Today I tried to leave my car in the hope that I could set up a tripod outside, but the nesting crane went nervous and left the nest. 
Crane-945A0048

Crane-945A0048

Apr 23, 2015
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Crane-945A0048 Capture Date: Apr 10, 2015 02:27 PM
Crane shot with the new EOS 7D MkII and Tamron 150-600mm/5-6.3.Low light -thus full aperture
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/320 secAperture:f / 6.3Focal Length:483 mmFlash:Did not Fire
Tags: Tranor, CRANE
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Crane_45A0075

2015-04-11:Today I was out much earlier in the afternoon with a much better light. I think I managed to get sharper photos in this light -see below

Apr 23, 2015
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Crane_45A0075 Capture Date: Apr 10, 2015 02:59 PM
Crane shot with the new EOS 7D MkII and Tamron 150-600mm/5-6.3 .Low light
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:3200Exposure:1/200 secAperture:f / 7.1Focal Length:600 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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2015-04-11:

Today I was out much earlier in the afternoon with a much better light. 
I think I managed to get sharper photos in this light -see below

Crane

Crane

Apr 23, 2015
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Crane Capture Date: Apr 12, 2015 11:57 AM
Tamron 150-600 mm
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:200Exposure:1/250 secAperture:f / 8.0Focal Length:600 mmFlash:Did not Fire
Tags: Tranor, CRANE
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A couple of mallards visit the nesting crane
Crane and mallards

A couple of mallards visit the nesting crane

Apr 23, 2015
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Crane and mallards Capture Date: Apr 12, 2015 11:57 AM
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:200Exposure:1/250 secAperture:f / 8.0Focal Length:600 mmFlash:Did not Fire
Tags: Tranor
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