These pictures were taken almost a month ago. Where does the time go? I’m beginning to think I dropped it somewhere. 
Anyway, the husband and I were out driving around one fine day and we turned a corner, I shrieked, he pulled over, and I got out and proceeded to take 482 pictures of….trumpeter swans. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a swan in Wisconsin before, and got a little overexcited. 

The swans were maybe thirty feet from us, and were not very concerned with our presence. I stood there and took pictures for several minutes when, from across the marsh, I spotted what looked like a small Cessna coming in for a landing.

 I love this next picture. The swans are looking right at that crane like WHO THE HELL ARE YOU.

The crane hung out for just a minute or two before heading back out again. 

For anyone curious, these were taken with f/7.1, ISO 100 and the shutter speed was 1/320. The f-number could have been a smidge higher; that would have resulted in a larger area being in focus, but I’m just nit-picky. The low ISO number kept the pictures from being grainy, and the fast shutter speed meant I could get a crisp picture of the birds’ movement. 
I should also mention that I leave my camera on continuous shooting mode 99% of the time. (It might be called something else on your camera, like burst mode.) If you like to take pictures of wildlife, it’s a lifesaver to shoot several frames in a row instead of taking one single photo at a time. I use a Pentax K-3 and it shoots a little over 8 frames per second, which resulted in about 40 pictures of the crane flying in and flying out. Not all of them were good, but it meant I had a large number to choose from. In single shooting mode, I would have been lucky to get 10 pictures.

The six of you reading this are probably half-asleep now, so I’ll shut up.

See you later!


2 thoughts on “Trumpeter Swans and a Sandhill Crane”

  1. Love these pictures! Wonder what the story is about the swans. Are they migrating south from somewhere in Canada and decided to rest in Wisconsin on their journey? One of the lakes in central Florida is known for its swans which are descended from a pair given as a gift from the Queen of England back in the fifties. They stay there year round. And Sandhill cranes winter in that same town. Glad you were there to capture them with your camera.

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