The Florida Sandhill Crane is far less common, with some 5,000 individuals remaining. They are most threatened by habitat destruction and probably depend on human management in the long run. In Florida, it is protected, and if killed, carries a very high monetary penalty. This subspecies is under protection of state and federal law at this time. Since the loss of habitat is a somewhat controllable cause of a declining population, habitat preservation is a valuable management measure. The current outlook for the Florida sandhill crane, if it can be maintained on the protected habitats, is good.
Captured at the Pinelands Reserve in Nokomis ,Florida.

Canon 5D mk2
canon 400mm 1.4 extender focal 560mm

featured in
Amazing Wildlife 3/18/11
The World As We See It , or as we missed it 3/16/11

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture sweetheART it’s a lovely fave ;~} happy hippy hugglez

  • thank you so much Val

    – kathy s gillentine

  • marella
    marellaalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture !!

  • thank you so much

    – kathy s gillentine

  • KiriLees
    KiriLeesalmost 4 years ago

    He’s just lovely Kathy! :)

    Kiri :)

  • thank you so much Kiri

    – kathy s gillentine

  • leonie7
    leonie7almost 4 years ago

    fabulous capture Kathy Awesome looking Bird love it lee

  • thank you so much Lee

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely shot!

  • thank you so much Lana, was out with Kim and Gouzelka and they let Gouzelka and I get really close to them, it was so cool

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful bird. Fantastic capture

  • thank you so much Joy

    – kathy s gillentine

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 4 years ago

    Looks so elegant,fantastic capture Kathy!

  • thank you so much

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™almost 4 years ago

    I love this capture Kathy, the softness of the grasses is such a beautiful complement to this magnificent bird!

  • thank you so much Chris

    – kathy s gillentine

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!!!

  • thank you so much Cheryl

    – kathy s gillentine

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 4 years ago

    Gouzelka loves takes pictures of wild life, I am sure she enjoyed that day out:))))))))))

  • she had a great time,we saw birds she has never seen before, and one that I have seen either

    – kathy s gillentine

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