There are two resident sandhill cranes at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary but many others fly in between late summer and the beginning of winter.
Sandhill cranes are up to 1.5m high with a 2m wingspan. The patch on their forehead is what makes them apart from other similar birds.
In this image you can take a glance of the chick behind. Colts or chicks stay with their parents until they are about 10 months old when they fly to join other cranes.
One of my favorite places to visit around Vancouver is the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, B.C.
This beautiful sanctuary is dedicated to the promotion and conservation of the waterfowl and wetlands in British Columbia.
Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts will find endless opportunities to watch and photograph all kinds of beautiful birds in their natural habitat.
There are two resident sandhill cranes at the sanctuary. I had photographed them before, but this time they had a chick, also called colt, so it was kind of hard getting close to them because they could become aggressive.
I wanted to get a good close up to them. The camera settings for this image were as follows:
Camera: NIKON D300s
Lens: 70-300 mm f/4.0-5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Focal Length: 270 mm
Exposure program: Manual
During the next days I will be posting more images taken at this beautiful bird sanctuary.