Nov 16, 2013 · 3:30 PM
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**The date has changed: It is now Sat., 11/16, 3:30pm. Sunset is 5:12pm.**
This is an airshow of sorts-- sandhill cranes flying by, wave after wave, in "V" formations!
I saw this for the last time last year when I heard that[masked] sandhill cranes were stopping by this sanctuary every day on their way to their winter homes (more than they counted in previous years). I shot there one night as the sun was setting with a full moon hanging high in the horizon (I wished we might have another full moon before sunset in the cards for this year, but it doesn't appear to be the case). I came back another time and shot them as they approached over a lake in another part of the sanctuary. I will be happy to show folks both locations (the best one is obvious).
We won't have a clear shot of then actually landing or congregating for their nightly sandhill parties-- they're a noisy, rowdy bunch-- but they fly quickly + low past a viewing hill and path that is very close to the parking lot. Many birders, families, and photographers hang out to see this unique Michigan "air show."
I'm putting it out there for folks to check out online and put on their radar. Enjoy the spring and summer in "The Mitten." When the fall weather rolls through, we'll do this meetup before the snow and ice take their grip again across our state. Well, that's what I'm hoping, anyway. Frank [4/23/13]
Things I brought last year that worked: Tripod, warm clothes (hat, gloves)
This year: Might bring a folding chair and hot coffee...
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