Sandhill Cranes

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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Featured in Featured Photographers – January 29, 2011


Featured in Great Plains of North America – May 2, 2010


Featured in JPG Cast-Offs – April 28, 2010

Identification Tips:
Length: 37 inches Wingspan: 80 inches
Large, long-legged, long-necked bird
Long, pointed bill
Holds neck straight both at rest and in flight, not tucking it in like herons do
Dark gray legs extended in flight
Long, fluffy tertials droop down over tail and primaries

Adult:
Dark bill
Unfeathered red crown and lores
Entirely gray plumage, that often becomes stained with rust or brown, especially about the back and wings
Whitish cheeks and chin

Juvenile:
Feathered crown
Gray-brown plumage mottled with cinnamon

Similar species:
All herons tuck their necks in an “S” curve while flying and lack the long, fluffy tertials and red crown. The very rare Whooping Crane is white overall with black primaries and a different head pattern.
Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 150-500mm lens
F/6.3
1/400 sec
ISO 400
439mm
Photographed at Ste. Rita, Manitoba, Canada
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