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Golden leaves and sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski

It’s a nice area less than 2 hours south of Chicago, where one can have a pleasant walk amidst marshes that look more like connected small lakes. This is also an area where sandhill cranes stop on their way south, their numbers peaking in mid-November (up to 20 thousand cranes can be seen on one big field at that time). Beginning about one hour before sunset, flocks of cranes kite from all directions into Goose Pasture. They dance, gab, and socialize before returning to roosting marshes at dusk. You can see cranes in dynamics in my short video at http://youtu.be/tNoES1B2QdM , while static pictures in this album show them somewhat closer.

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Marsh observation trail
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Along the trail
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Along the trail
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Along the trail
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Along the trail
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Along the trail
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Panoramic view from the marsh observation platform
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Panoramic view from the marsh observ…
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View from the marsh observation platform
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View from the marsh observation platform
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You can’t go beyond the forest line:
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You can’t go beyond the forest line:
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We are turning back here.
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We are turning back here.
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On the way back to the trail head
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On the way back to the trail head
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On the way back to the trail head
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On the way back to the trail head
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Goose Pasture –
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Goose Pasture –
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Dancing cranes
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Dancing cranes
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Cranes are coming from all directions.
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Cranes are coming from all directions.
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Cranes coming to Goose Pasture at sunset
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Sunset over Goose Pasture
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Sunset over Goose Pasture
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Blue angels
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Deer on Goose Pasture
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Deer on Goose Pasture
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Observers
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Observers
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