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Loved having viewing site next to so large a roost, great horned owl in tree overhead, and easy path to and from the blind. But not enough windows for every person in the blind, repeated efforts to quiet the talking were ineffective, no large spotting scope brought by the guide, and the window openings were thin (makes it hard to hold binoculars steady for viewing...a thicker wall or ledge would make that easier). The noise within the blind was the biggest downside.
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We weren't as close to the cranes as I thought a blind would allow us to be. There were multiple people in our tour talking louder than they should have been and the guide was also talking louder than a whisper so she didn't ask them to quiet down. The guide nodded off a couple of times before dusk. It might be helpful to send people the rules about camera lights before the tour so they can test their cameras at home. I certainly would have.
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Great experience overall, but it seemed odd that one of the guides, after cautioning guests repeatedly to whisper and otherwise to make as little sound as possible, spent part of her evening in the blind laughing and chatting in a normal voice. It was distracting.
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The cranes were magnificent - it was wonderful to see them, even if they didn't settle as close as I might have liked. It was pretty cool to see the eagles, too, despite their making the cranes nervous. I look forward to visiting the trust again in the future - perhaps next time I'll stay in the cabin and get up early for the morning flight! Both the guides did a great job of pointing out wildlife and educating us about cranes and their behavior; the film prior to the tour was very informative, as well. My husband and I both had a terrific time, and would definitely recommend the experience to any friends who might plan a visit to the area.
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Nice blind, I enjoyed the film. The guides were not very informative in the blind. I had been to a blind at Rowe where they brought high power scopes that were nice. Also I think the position of the Rowe blind was better as the cranes tended to fly over head more which was very dramatic. This night they just staged in a field across the river and hopped in gradually to fill in the space. Foggy evening, which probably made it harder to see. Very nice facilities.