Monday, May 2, 2011

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane
6" x 6" Oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I really wanted to see what the sandhill cranes from the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge looked like close up.  That's pretty hard to do unless you have a very long lens, which I don't.  My lens is great for normal shots and it zooms quite a bit.  At the refuge there were photographers with lenses that looked to be about 12 inches long.

The sandhill cranes make a very deep rolling trumpet and rattling sound.  And when thousands of them are creating this cacophony of music, it's like an outdoor orchestra.  You can google "sandhill crane sounds" and hear them for yourself!  I did!


AutumnLeaves said...

And such gorgeous red feathers around their eyes! Beautiful job, Pam!

Jane Hunt said...

Awww - he's cute! Love your brushwork in the background too!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Love this post! The colors are gorgeous, and so is the painting, and useful info., too!

Marian Fortunati said...

These are neat creatures~!!! We had quite a few who shared a yard with us when we were visiting Montana!! What a treat!

Pam Holnback said...

Sherry, Thank you. I didn't realize that they had such a strong spot of red! They are funny looking but fascinating birds!

Jane. Thanks. Yes, cute is a great word for them!

Thank you Nancy, After seeing them from afar I just had to know what they really looked like close-up!

Marian, Thank you. You must have gotten them at one of their northern stops.

Celeste Bergin said...

nicely done!

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Celeste!

Shelley Whiting said...

I love that bird. He is adorable and quirky. A very fun and beautiful picture.