Dance For Me Sandy!

CW. Amazing how ladies can get us guys to do just about anything. This is a sandhill crane mating dance. I love the way he starts with an introductory stretch, then really gets into it. She doesn't seem too impressed. Maybe he should have just brought chocolate? Or flowers?
Ha ha, She is certainly ignoring him. Wonderful captures and wonderful collage.
posted April 28th, 2014  
Hilarious capture. Nice series!
posted April 28th, 2014  
What a fantastic series of photos. They tell a marvelous story.
posted April 28th, 2014  
Great captures, Ross!

You're right about the flowers and chocolate! I watched a mating pair do the "wing dance" in Yellowstone this weekend.
(A side note, once my husband forgot they were called Sandhill cranes and said, "look at the brown flamingoes!" We got such a laugh out of that, that's what we call them now.)
posted April 28th, 2014  
Great shots Ross! I would have loved to witness these striking birds in their mating display! Very impressive and your commentary is the perfect addition!
posted April 29th, 2014  
Such Great shots and a wonderful collage. I have been trying to catch this all spring long.
posted April 29th, 2014  
Love your collage, Ross. What a great series of shots. He is really cool looking and sure tried to get her attention. Maybe they needed privacy.
posted April 29th, 2014  
Flowers are always good - love the collage, if she would only look I am sure she would be easily persuaded.
posted April 29th, 2014  
Beautiful collage. Must be great to look at the dance.
posted April 29th, 2014  
I miss the sandhill cranes here in Florida! I hope they'll be back soon! Nice collage!
posted April 29th, 2014  
@kbird61 Thanks for the fav, Kay. I'm not really happy with these, since they were taken with a 500 mm lens at a great distance. I really want to get closer.
posted April 29th, 2014  
@moxy @amandal @jenniferruge @smellychelli @mccarth1 @darsphotos @sansjuan @anazad511 @pplutz Thanks for all your comments, ladies. So far I haven't heard a single male opinion on this "battle of the sexes".
posted April 29th, 2014  
This is so much fun, as well as well photographed. It's easy to anthropomorphize and wonder why she's ignoring him so steadfastly...he must have really made her angry earlier!!
posted April 29th, 2014  
Well done for the capture. Great to have the chance to photograph these birds - and your collage tells the story very well!
posted April 29th, 2014  
What a fun collage - had to have a male comment on this thread!
posted April 29th, 2014  
wow, great group of photos of these amazing creatures. I loved seeing these at Bosque del Apache in Nov. Do they summer in Idaho?
posted April 29th, 2014  
lol.... fabulous selection of shots! A great nature study! Love watching animals during breeding time.
posted April 29th, 2014  
Bob
This is a cool series in this collage.
posted April 29th, 2014  
Or snails....
posted April 29th, 2014  
This is fabulous that you caught it all. Super fav. And yes, guys should jump through hoops and lots of em! ;)
posted April 30th, 2014  
I'm sorry. Did you say you have a 500 mm lens? Holy cow!!!
posted April 30th, 2014  
What a great sequence of their interaction. Seeing the sandhill crane migration is on my bucket list.
posted April 30th, 2014  
How cool! A very nice collage. We have two cranes in the neighborhood. I love watching them, but get annoyed with them in the summer when they decide to start their calls at 5:30 am!
posted April 30th, 2014  
Great collage. Love the way nature works.
posted May 1st, 2014  
@darylo Thanks for the fav, Daryl. It was fun to watch, but I wish I could have been able to get closer. Re hoops... I've never been good at jumping. The only way I can get both feet off the ground at the same time is to fall off of something.
posted May 1st, 2014  
@darylo Yes, I have an ancient Sigma 170-500 lens. It isn't top of the line, but better that nothing. I've probably had it 30 years!
posted May 1st, 2014  
@taffy Nice use of the word anthropomorphize. I'm very familiar with anthropomorph as a description for human-like figures in indian rock art which is another hobby while exploring the West. A very entertaining comment.
posted May 1st, 2014  
@quietpurplehaze @soboy5 @libertylady @monkeykid @bobhuegel @adambralston @falcon11 @cmc1200 @tesssa Thanks for the great comments. These cranes are here in great numbers in the spring and fall, but so far this year I have seen fewer than usual.
posted May 1st, 2014  
What a ritual to see. I am glad that us chaps have evolved away from this, i was never a dancer!!
posted May 1st, 2014  
@rvwalker They're still doing well Ross. They come to Colorado too in late February. I have yet to go down there to photograph them though. It's something I have planed on doing most of my life. Just never got around to it. http://www.cranefest.com/ .
posted May 1st, 2014  
@rvwalker Do you know where they go in the summertime?
posted May 1st, 2014  
@seanoneill Me neither, Sean. A friend tried to teach me once and gave up.
posted May 2nd, 2014  
@adambralston The festival sounds like fun, Adam. Some years we could have a festival here, but this year has been slow.
posted May 2nd, 2014  
@libertylady I have no idea, Alice. There's probably a web site somewhere that would have that info.
posted May 2nd, 2014  
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