Kensington Metropark in Michigan is great because you can get close up to the wildlife pretty easily, they’re very used to visitors. However, you’re not supposed to feed the sandhill cranes, and the reason is that they’ve gotten a bit pushy. (People ignore the signs and do it anyway, unfortunately.) It’s hard not to be a bit intimidated by these guys when you’re close up… those beaks are pretty capable of doing damage. On top of that, something about the eyes of these guys say they’re very aware that they’re what’s left of dinosaurs… I stick to my telephoto lens. lol
The big challenge when shooting these guys is the framing – they’re often on the trails, so you end up with people in the shots, or non-natural things like benches. I’ve most often tried to work the settings so that the background is as out of focus as possible, to reduce those issues.
Exposure: 1/1000 seconds
Focal Length: 220mm