Monday, September 4, 2017

The Sandhill Crane - Part Two

My fascination with the beautiful sandhill crane continues today.  Yesterday I drove back to where I saw the birds on Saturday and they were still there.  When I went around the block to pick up Charlie so he could see them, they must have flown off, because when we got back to the development, they were gone.  I do know that it is time for them to migrate to Florida - typical Michigan snowbird.

I went online to see what I could learn about them and found out that they are believed to be the oldest living species of bird, having existed for 9 million years in their present form.  They can stand up to five feet tall and have a wingspan of six to seven feet.  There is a sanctuary for them here in Michigan with around 9,000 of them in summer.

Here are some of the photos I took yesterday with my camera:
 Sandhill cranes are very wary of humans so I tried to stay in my car.
"You go your way and we'll go ours"
I love a parade
video

12 comments:

  1. You got some terrific shots there Denise. What a pity they had flown away by the time you picked up Charlie. They may not yet have left though, keep your eyes open. I had no idea the species was that old.

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    1. I may just drive over again today. There were two people walking around the site yesterday, so they may have scared them away.

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  2. I also love the Crane Parade. They are very regal-looking animals!

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  3. These are great looking birds and you are so lucky to have been able to get so close to them. I hope your little grand boy can see them

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  4. They look pert near as tall as an ostrich. Gorgeous birds.

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  5. Wow! These birds and your captures of them are gorgeous! Have a great day!

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  6. You were able to get some really good pictures. We were eating in a restaurant last week in Wichita and saw one of those cranes fly down to the lake by the window. It was absolutely awesome to see that wing span!

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    1. I still remember eating at a place in Oregon along the Pacific and seeing pelicans swoop in for dinner. It was quite impressive. Birds are amazing.

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  7. You took great pictures of the birds! Very nice.

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  8. Wow! Wonderful pictures and videos. Enjoyed!! Thank you. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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