Zapata Ranch Sandhill Crane Workshop

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Searching for owls – pygmy, Western screech, saw-whet, and great horned with naturalist John Rawinski as our guide. Zapata Ranch in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

Michael Forsberg and I led our third annual Sandhill Crane Photo Workshop at Zapata Ranch from March 11-15. The class was full with 12 photographers, and featured John Rawinski returning as naturalist guide, 15,000 or so sandhill cranes stopping on their migration route to Yellowstone, amazing Zapata hospitality (one of the Top 50 Ranches In The World), close-up views of bison, the historic Medano Ranch homestead, no wind, Great Sand Dunes National Park, night photography of one of America’s best night skies, great food – even appetizers in the field, and fun photographers from all over the country who made many wonderful images.

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Gini Cunningham returned with her husband Michael (who is hilarious) and really impressed with her eye for detail.

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Michael soaks up the experience.

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Elise returned from the first workshop (aka: the windy year) and rocked her 500mm.

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Erica gets a few tips from Michael Forsberg.

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Tom photographs the historic Medano Ranch, part of The Nature Conservancy preserve.

Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista NWR, CO  March, 2013

Exploring the blue and gold landscape below the mighty Sangre De Cristo Range.

Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista NWR, CO  March, 2013

Patterns of sand and rice grass at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista NWR, CO  March, 2013

Big glass!

Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista NWR, CO  March, 2013

By staying close to the vehicles, we’re able to photograph bison without changing behavior.

Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista NWR, CO  March, 2013

Tammy creatively uses the sandhill sign for support while photographing sandhill cranes.

Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista NWR, CO  March, 2013

Laura seeks higher ground.

Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista NWR, CO  March, 2013

Our group photographs in golden evening light at Monte Vista NWR, Colorado.

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See you here next year pard!

3 thoughts on “Zapata Ranch Sandhill Crane Workshop

  1. Good weather, good locale, good people; what Looks like another wonderful time. Sorry we missed it, but planning on next year.

  2. Good weather, good locale, good people; what more could you ask? Looks like another wonderful time. Sorry we missed it, but planning on next year.

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