The skies were very clear at the refuge this morning. Unfortunately that meant that the sunrise would be boring, which it was. The blast off was also somewhat impressive so I went over to crane pools with the goal of getting a specific crane shot. The image I was after (the one above) was one with a crane in flight and with the mountains in the background making up the lower third of the frame. I was delighted to see I had succeeded when I got back to my hotel room and saw this image.
Here is another with two cranes. Both of these images were taken with the 7D and 100-400 handheld. There is definitely something wrong with the colors, I'll have to reprocess these images once I get back and can use the Lightroom 2.6 and ACR 5.6.
With my big gun (the 800) and my 1Ds3 I was after a different type of image, one with a crane about to take off. I managed to get a few successful images and the one above is one example.
My time here has just blown by so quickly, I feel like I just arrived and I've gotten my bearings and enough practice to not completely suck with the birds in flight. One the one hand, I'd love to stay another 4 or 5 days but I'm also looking forward to seeing Kim and Maya. I'll definitely have to return, hopefully next year.