I traveled to visit my parents today, they have a lovely piece of property in the middle of nowhere, Florida. I was lamenting over the very overcast day, but decided to take the walk down to the lake with my camera anyway. And what should I find, to my surprise, a pair of Sandhill Cranes with a newly hatched little one! I was so thrilled!
Sandhill Cranes are thought to be the oldest surviving bird species in the world. The Florida Sandhill (Grus canadensis pratensis), which is one of the non-migratory species, is severely threatened due to unregulated hunting in the past, and currently due to development and loss of habitat. Sandhill Cranes are huge birds, they stand at least 4 feet tall and have a wingspan of up to 7 feet. Sandhill cranes feed on a large assortment of grasses, roots, berries, and tubers, as well as insects, crayfish, frogs, snakes, and small mammals. They often make their distinct loud rattling kar-r-r-r-o-o-o call while in flight. This species of crane mates for life.
I was so happy to see that these cranes have chosen a bit of space on my family’s property to call home
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