Please, no droppings on my lens!

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue November. 09, 2019 535 views

Yes, climate is changing. It’s quite visible in animal behavior too. In the meantime the bird migration is somehow influenced by global warming. Migration routes are changing, schedules are changing too, a lot of birds don’t even fly to summer/winter areas anymore.

In the last 10 years common cranes decided to stop for a while at Nationalpark Seewinkel at the end of Oktober or early in November. Last week we watched a large flock – up to 400 birds - of these Eurasian cranes. Actually it was the first time I saw them at all. I often saw or even more often heard Nordic geese at night but never saw cranes before.

It was spectacular. I took a lot of pictures and prayed for some good ones, because the weather was very sunny and they were flying high up in the sky. In such moments, I wished I would have something like a gigantic paparazzo-peeping-tom-lens. No, I have not. I have a Nikkor 28-300 mm which is just fine unless I want to photograph a large flock of migrating birds with high flying “mission to Mars” ambitions. They were flying in triangle formations like geese. A short distance before they reached the forest, they came all together in an area where they could gain some more altitude by circling in a thermal. It almost seems as if they were waiting for each other, although every formation was lost in the crowd.

Do you have the same problem to have always the wrong lens to capture a perfect moment? I’m sorry and I'm still drowning in self-pity, because it was the best I could manage under such circumstances.

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Ros Mercury 3 months, 2 weeks ago

They really are a fantastic sight to see and hear when they fly by.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Ros Mercury 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Next time I will be prepared!

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Scribe 3 months, 2 weeks ago

These are the most wonderful sights in the sky I have seen in a long time time, if ever. Thank you gem

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Scribe 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I didn't expect them, I was watching out for geese! smile

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 3 months, 2 weeks ago

They are still pretty good captures even without the paparazzi lens.

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 2 weeks ago

You are right and I should be glad to see this large flock at all!

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Great variaton on one subject

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks! Sorry for answering late - it has been a hard time ...

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 months, 3 weeks ago

A part of life, the hard times

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited