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This One Is For The Birds REVISITED

Next week is predicted to be free of rain! Many species of birds call this area home for the winter, including the sandhill cranes. Depending on parking, we may start with shooting some small birds around the Cosumnes River Preserve, where there are thousands of birds,  then move around by vehicle for the cranes and flocks of other birds. Bring the longest lens you have for closeups of the birds or consider renting one through our borrowlenses sponsor link on this page. Long lenses will probably be needed for the cranes in particular. The above shot of group of cranes was shot with a 500mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter, for an effective 700mm. . The usual disclaimer applies for wildlife--the birds may lay low or give us great in-flight shots. We will meet at the visitor center at 13501 Franklin Blvd, Galt CA. Parking can be a challenge, so if it is an issue I will pass out the word on-site on where to go just down the road.  See The effort level will be minimal, with the longest walk being .5 miles, but even for that, you will not have to go more than 20 yards to get shots of the birds.

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  • Robert M.

    I had a great time. Thanks again Don.

    2 days ago

  • Menka B.

    Another excellent meetup. You can't go wrong with any of Don's meetups if you love the outdoors, wildlife and photography. I always pick up new tips from Don and other photographers. We were promised a crane and we got hundreds!

    2 days ago

  • Dirk D.

    Excellent meetup and nice to get to know fellow photographers.

    1 · 3 days ago

  • lori b.

    got there late, oopppsss too much to do, not enough time... but got lots of terrific photos and the sunset was beyond words... the day overall was fabulous!!! next time will make the effort to get out earlier... and soon must visit staten island..

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Steve S.

    Don, sorry I missed you. I was out there early this morning and had to leave shortly after noon. There were some great opportunities this morning over on Desmond Road. Thousands of geese, some sandhills and assorted egrets, herons and shorebirds not too far from the road. I look forward to seeing everyone's pics.

    4 days ago

  • Cat

    We came early and are now walking around River Walk. Already saw Wetlands. Beautiful! I think we'll continue on, unless we meet you all on the path. Best regards!

    4 days ago

  • Don V.

    We will head to Staten Is road from the meeting spot

    4 days ago

  • RecalcitrantRon

    I will be down late due to a prior commitment and will try and find you.

    4 days ago

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