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29 May 15. On the day we arrived at the condo we passed Beaver Creek as we always do and this time we, well, Jan anyway, noticed a Sand Hill Crane sitting on her nest not too far removed from the highway. I took a few shots and we then continued on to the condo. On our return leg, this time in the snow, we took a few more shots of her still sitting on the nest with snow falling all around and on her. Did a lot to remind me that we had just celebrated Mother's Day a week previous and of the wonderful dedication our mom's provide us. This is a shot taken near the end of the snowfall with perhaps 7 inches having fallen by this time. I don't often get an opportunity to see these birds so this trip was a double treat not only getting to shoot the bird but also in the snow, something you don't often encounter, or at least I don't!
This is the shot as I captured it save for some cropping for better presentation and a tiny bit of micro contrast enhancement. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/200 sec @ f /11.