International Crane Foundation: Whooping Cranes Part 1

The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin is dedicated to the preservation of cranes. It has all the species of cranes, globally, on its property.

It’s a great place to watch and photograph the birds.  It’s also a fantastic place to take the kids for a weekend trip.

The Whooping Crane exhibit is the largest and most popular exhibit. In May, you can watch mating and nesting rituals in a huge penned-in natural marsh area.

It pains me to see these magnificent birds with their wings clipped, but the foundation raises chicks and returns them to the wild to help preserve the species.

Feature Image Details

This image is not cropped. As you can see, you do not need a big lens to get a nice closeup image. These birds are huge. They stand five feet tall.

What would I do differently? I would use a higher ISO, say 1000, and shoot at F11. This would give more depth of field and a faster shutter speed as well.


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2 thoughts on “International Crane Foundation: Whooping Cranes Part 1

  1. Beautiful. Nice work. Now that you’re in Wisconsin, take a ride up to the Horicon Marsh this fall and of course Tomahawk Area Hwy 70 and Madeline Island for Apple Fest October 1-2 week of October. Firefly Maple and Oaks, Golden Birch and Aspens laid across a bed of Evergreens and Tamaracks and of coarse incredible perch and whitefish Fish Fries. Don’t forget to red all red as Bucky Badger rules the turf except on Sunday which is Green and Gold for the Packers. Let no one know your a displaced flatlander! 🤐

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