Location: FortWhyte Alive our nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi F stop: F/5.6 Exposure: 1/30 sec. Focal length: 194.0 mm Flash: flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode (16) Shutter speed (Tv): 4.9
The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is a large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of this bird references habitat like that at the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills in the American midwest. Adults are gray overall; during breeding, the plumage is usually much worn and stained, particularly in the migratory populations, and looks nearly ochre. They have a red forehead, white cheeks and a long dark pointed bill. They have long dark legs which trail behind in flight and a long neck that is kept straight in flight. Immature birds have reddish brown upperparts and gray underparts. The sexes look alike. Size varies among the different subspecies. This crane frequently gives a loud trumpeting call that suggests a French-style “r” rolled in the throat.