Nice Labor Day weekend visit to the International Crane Foundation near Baraboo, WI. They’ll be closing down for winter in a month or so and I wanted to make some more images there this year. It was a cloudy day so the light was even and not harsh. Their exhibits are well done and fun even if you aren’t a crane fanatic. There are quite a few endangered crane species in the world and the Foundation works to preserve habitat as well as repopulate birds. They hand-rear various species for relocation around the globe. Hurricane Harvey did quite a bit of damage to their facility near Houston, which is involved with whooping crane research and repopulation. You can contribute to their efforts by clicking on the link above.
Thought I’d practice with fast moving birds a bit but the gull population down by the lake was absent, with very few birds flying down the beach. Pretty odd – maybe they had filled up on tourist snacks earlier in the day. With the good weather, however, there were several fast moving objects on the water the practice on.
After waiting a bit and enjoying the sailboats gliding around the harbor I finally got this guy cruising the area.
The gear is all working as I hoped but I still need to work on the continuous focus system in my camera. It doesn’t always react as fast as I think I need and it sometimes doesn’t focus on the subject I’m seeing. Just need more birds flying by.