Field of Gold or Victoria Crowned Crane?

Victoria Crowned Crane head feathers, Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, North Carolina. | Canon 7D with 70-200mm f/4L IS and 1.4x TC | Exposed 1/125 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 100

Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, North Carolina is an impressive facility situated near Rocky Mount, about an hour and a half from Raleigh.  All the birds are captive and so their behavior is relatively tame (or exceedingly so with some birds) but the opportunities for photography can be hit or miss.  It’s certainly a place I would like to revisit, especially to learn more about their breeding program, but photographically it would be best on a cloudy day: the regular hours are 9 to 5, so early morning light isn’t an option, and the “golden hour” in the evening comes long after the park closes!

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