Along the Flyway

Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) that summer in Alaska belong to either the Pacific Flyway Population or Mid-Continent Population. Cranes belonging to the PFP are considered lesser sandhill cranes. Cook Inlet and Bristol Bay regions in Alaska are their primary breeding areas. Pacific Flyway Population cranes primarily winter in the Central Valley of California where they mix with the Central Valley Population of greater sandhill cranes.
This migrating group of Sandhill Cranes was spotted foraging in a field in the Wilcox Ditch along the Warner Highway, the primary road to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. I included a Canada goose (Branta canadensis) in the photo to provide a sense of scale to the cranes.

Technical Details

EF 200-400mm @ 400mm; f/8 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 800; Seven images, to ensure motionless birds, stitched in Photoshop with Auto align and Auto blend scripts