No Rest for the Weary

I made it well and safely to Indian Lake Estates, Florida after an uneventful flight last night and was invited to go photograph a sandhill crane nest early this morning. Of course I jumped at the chance to go see these beautiful birds nesting despite a couple hours of sleep. What I didn’t expect was how close you can get to them without disturbing them or making them uncomfortable. I watched Artie carefully and followed suit as he took his time inching closer while watching the crane’s behavior. Never once was the crane startled or in distress. IMG_0533 2.jpg

Image: Arthur Morris setting up to begin photographing a sandhill crane on its nest in Indian Lake Estates, Florida, iPhone 7 Plus, by Amy Novotny

We photographed it for over an hour, capturing various behaviors of preening, nest building and sleeping. Occasionally other shore birds flew overhead and Artie called out the species of each of them, helping me become more familiar with my new subjects. I also got to test out my new wading gear as I was calf deep in water within minutes. One of my former patients gave me these amazing merino wool neoprene waterproof socks that are my new favorite clothing item! thumbnail

Image: Amy photographing a sandhill crane on its nest, taken by Arthur Morris

Never once were my feet cold, a huge feat for me if you know me well. When the other member of the mating pair arrived, the nesting crane stood up and we got a peek at the two beautiful eggs!  The crane walked around a bit before turning the eggs and sitting back down on them. It was a spectacular morning to say the least. What a great way to hit the ground running…

Sandhill crane

Image: Sandhill crane nesting over 2 eggs.  Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-500mm at 200mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 1000, hand-held

Author: Dr. Amy Novotny

Amy Novotny is a physical therapist, marathon/ultra runner and nature photographer. She treats patients for a variety of conditions but specializes in chronic pain and calming an overactive nervous system using special diaphragmatic breathing. She has used this technique to help her qualify and run in four Boston marathons! She enjoys the outdoors and can often be found running and hiking on trails in throughout Arizona. She attempts to capture the beauty of nature with her photography both locally in Arizona and also throughout the United States. She is becoming more interested in wildlife photography and attempting to capture the emotion of animal interactions. In her spare time, Amy volunteers as a photo guide for the Arizona Highways PhotoScapes nonprofit and shares her joy of nature with others. Please feel free to contact her regarding her photography, physical therapy or running.

22 thoughts on “No Rest for the Weary”

  1. Not far from me is the flyway of the Sandhill Crane birds. I’ve never seen one but this photo certainly has inspired me to make the effort to go see them next season. Nice way to start your travel experience Amy.

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  2. How fantastic. I love the picture of you, it looks as if your camera is almost half the size of you. I love Merino wool socks; I’ve never heard of the Merino/Neoprene blend. I plan to live my life in such a way that I never require waterproof socks, but if I do I will definitely try those.

    Happy for you.

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    1. Lol! Thanks PennyAnn! It feels like it’s almost half the size of me! I have to lean back slightly to steady myself until I start lifting weights to get my arm stronger! I’ll mix it up with hand-held and a tripod!

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  3. Thank you Artie and Amy for this amazing update and pics . can not wait for the next blog. Get some rest so you don’t miss a second of this blessing.

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    1. Jeff, I will be thinking of you and thanking you silently from all poles of this earth (quite literally)! Thank you so so much for those waterproof socks! I’ve used them every day this week and they are truly wonderful!

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  4. I love your photo of the nesting crane. Seeing these birds once again at least, is on my bucket list. Hope you get to see the babes hatch or soon afterwards if ok with Mom. Thank you for explaining how you are both showing care respect for the birds as you consider how close you are to them. Overcast day fabulous for images.

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