Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sandhill Crane

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's wild bird I am featuring the Sandhill Crane..


If you have been following my posts you would have seen a few weeks back I went on a wild goose crane chase here in Maryland.. It was too foggy to see the Sandhill Cranes.. I was not too worried about missing the Sandhill Cranes I have already seen them here in Maryland.



This Sandhill Crane above was seen on private property in Carroll County, Maryland.


This Sandhill Crane was seen in a local Maryland park..


 I saw them in Florida. This Sandhill Crane family was seen off of the road to Myakka River State Park in Florida.


This Sandhill Crane was seen in my SIL's Florida development walking around the golf course.


These Sandhill Cranes were seen at the Bitter Lake NWR in New Mexico. This shot only shows a few of the Cranes we saw here..They were all over the place.



More Sandhill Cranes from the Bosque Del Apache NWR in New Mexico..


More New Mexico Sandhill Cranes with some Snow Geese.. I love the colors in this shot..I saw thousands of these Cranes in New Mexico.. I am not the kind of birder that keeps a list for the year, state and or the counties they are seen in.  I have one life list for all the birds I see. I read somewhere there are nicknames for certain kinds of birders.. I wonder what kind of birder I am, I should be called the fair weather birder..

I hope you enjoyed my wild bird post.. Till next week's wild bird post.. I wish you happy Birding and have a wonderful week!



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  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

77 comments:

✿ chica said...

Como são lindos e elegantes...Valeu! bjs praianos,chica

Marco Luijken said...

Hey Eileen!!
That's great to see so much cranes. Wonderful.
Nice that youngones on shot 3 and your last shot has amazing colors. Well done!!

Kind regards,
marco

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

The wading birds always look so elegant! Great capture!

Sue said...

Those are some pretty colors in that bottom shot.
You want to see a LOT of cranes--head to Nebraska in Mid-March. They estimate over 600,000 cranes. It's spectacular. Hubby and I have been there several times--it's an awesome spectacle.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
wonderful photos of this special bird. The young birds are so cute !
Also your last photo is amazing with this fantastic colors.
Best regards, Synnöve

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I would love to see a sandhill crane in my life!!!

EG CameraGirl said...

The first time I ever saw Sandhill Cranes they were flying overhead. What a strange sound they make! You've seen way more than I have. ;))

Mersad said...

Really amazing wildlife photography.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Bethany Carson said...

Neat shots of the cranes! They are such big and interesting birds; they almost look like they should be native to Australia.

Crafty Green Poet said...

great photos and such handsome birds

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen How wonderful to see so many together and it was lovely to see the young Cranes as well.

Linda Kay said...

Wow! That is some big bird, and those pictures of the flocks are awesome. I'm always amazed at the birds with the long spindly legs and how gracefully they move. Thanks for these photos, Eileen.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I spent have my life in New Mexico and never saw a Sandhill. Had to move to Florida...and you say I just went to the wrong places. Argh. And missed those kinds of shots!!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Wonderful to see so many Sandhill Cranes. It's amazing to think that they can be seen walking across a golf course. Great captures, and lovely colour in your last shot.

Irma said...

Hello Eileen
Wonderful to see so many cranes together.
The young cranes also in picture 3 are great.
The last photo is also amazing, what a beautiful color.
Best regards, Irma

Terri B said...

Wonderful shots, Eileen! The one of the crane walking amongst the gold balls is awesome.. Great captures.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

aww, i love the babies or young ones. so cute. fuzzy too. ( :

Leovi Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, beautiful birds!

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!

Sandra said...

did not realize they are in so many different parts of the country, we are not far from that state park and i have only seen them once here.

Mary Hone said...

Wow, I love those cranes and have never seen that many at once. Awesome.

Joe Todd said...

Love your photos.. Canadian Geese on a golf course make a real mess and can be a real problem even if they are beautiful

TexWisGirl said...

such cool birds! stately!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Sandhill cranes are hard to miss, they are HUGE!

Nice pics! I usually see them on a golf course, too.
~

Debbie said...

ooohhhh they are just so beautiful!!! but where they are hanging out, could be problematic!!!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!!
Wonderful pictures of these beautiful bird,sthat i have never seen before!
Great captures indeed!Like the last photo!!Amazing image full of colours!
Have a lovely week!!
Dimi...

Sara D.B. said...

Gorgeous photos!

Marvin said...

I've never seen a Sandhill Crane in the flesh (feather?). Thanks for sharing yours. Hope you are having a great week.

Nancy J said...

Every one a winner, the last one superb. And words with photos, a real story that captivated me from start to end. They are magnificent birds, regal, and this shows in all your pics.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are so slender with beautiful markings...love those cute babies, too. We saw a lot yesterday on our drive to the beach. And last night on the way home, we saw 2 in flight....that was neat. Love your photos my friend! Hugs!

Rose said...

That baby SH Crane is adorable..and I too love the colors in that last shot!

Nora said...

That is a large group of them in the group shot. We get them here sometimes. Your photos of them are really good Eileen.

Linda W. said...

What an amazing bird. Great photos! I especially like your last one, with the fall color backdrop.

Happyone said...

I like the red head on that one. : )

DeniseinVA said...

I don't think of you as a fairweather birder Eileen. Your photos are always a lot of fun to see, and you have taken some gorgeous photos of them, these included. The only time I have ever seen a Sandhill Crane was when I was down in Florida the last time we were there in January of last year. it was exciting, and I do get excited when I see a bird I have never seen before. I didn't know they came up to Maryland. Great post and happy weekend to you :)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images of the Sandhill Cranes.

George said...

I like the wide variety in locales in which you've seen Sandhill Cranes.

Susan said...

Another great post Eileen. It was really interesting seeing the juvenile cranes :D)
I have a couple of crane statues in the backyard, leaning over a water bowl - I love their form. Cheers now.

Our photos said...

Wonderful series !

The happy wanderer. said...

The colour in that last photo is just beautiful. A lovely series, and I like the idea of showing them in the different places you've seen the Sandhill Cranes.

Brian King said...

How nice! I have yet to see one of these. We have some in the far western part of the state. Great photos!

Giga said...

It is a great pleasure to see so many beautiful cranes. Regards.

Missy George said...

No birdies this week but I enjoyed yours.

The Yum List said...

What elegant looking creatures.

Pat said...

Wonderful captures. Love these stately birds.

Lois said...

I did enjoy this post! My daughter lives in Orlando and has Sandhill Cranes in her yard all the time. They make a bit of a mess though with their droppings.

mick said...

Magnificent birds!

Felicia said...

Yep I'd say you've seen alot of sandhill cranes. wonderful images.

Derek said...

You've certainly put your Wild Crane Chase to rest with this post. Well done. I enjoyed it very much.

All the best to you, Derek

Stephanie said...

Nice to see these birds. We don't have them here.

Gail Dixon said...

Seems there's no population problem in Maryland with the Sandhill Cranes. We are trying so hard to reestablish their numbers here. Wonderful photos!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Such gorgeous photos of magnificent birds!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Eileen, I love seeing the Sandhill Cranes --no matter where they are. My son loves them in Galveston, Texas --where they 'winter'....

Hugs,
Betsy

Cloudia said...

You are a font of photos!

ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, I love Sandhill Cranes. Their distinctive call is one of nature's treats. Neat pics ... thanks for sharing! John

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Sandhill Cranes look SO graceful and Japanese people think highly of cranes especially for their longevity saying 'crane have thousand years of life' :-) They are popular design for New Year Card, too. The last two pictures are really fantastic, dear friend♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Adam Jones said...

What amazing birds. Beautiful.

Mama Zen said...

The colors in that last shot are just stunning!

NatureFootstep said...

that´s a bird I would like to see but probably will not . Thanks for sharing.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Great bird pictures Eileen :)
Do the little ones only come with one leg?
When will the second one grow? ;)
Wish you a happy day, too!
【ツ】Knipsa

eileeninmd said...

Hello Knipsa, the little ones do have tow legs. They are just hard to see in my photo.. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Hi Eileen,
Stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year! I always enjoy my visits to you, and seeing the Crane is no exception. They always remind me a very wise creature, as if they are looking at us-with a bit of a laugh!
Jemma

Nette Cecilia said...

Great photos ,nette

Marie said...

Great photos, Eileen! Love the grouping on the lawn! The golfball shot is pretty cute, as well.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome photos of these birds! I love the chicks, they're so adoable.

Linda said...

Wow, I didn't know they congregated in flash mobs!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You are an amazing birder!!!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Thanks for the tips about where I can see more Sandy's. I sure enjoy seeing them. I saw several yesterday. Your photographs are quite good! Have a pleasant Thursday!

Noushka said...

Great post on the "your" cranes!!
The Sandhill is a magnificent species, it also has red on head!
I don't know about you but we have only the Common crane (Grus grus) in France!
you managed some very good shots here Eileen!
I wish I could get as close to ours!!
Keep well, sorry for not visiting you more often these days, but we had a spell of good weather so I'd rather be outdoors taking bird of prey's shots!

Helma said...

Ohhhhhhhhh ..... what are you a lucky guy with all these beautiful cranes. Great to see. I'm here quite a bit jealous!

Lynne said...

So gracefully, lovely . . .

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You know I love Sandhills too! And love your multi-state "collection". I'd call you an excellent and generous birder. You see so many and are so good about sharing your knowledge ... And great pictures.

David Gascoigne said...

Sandhill Cranes used to be a rarity around here, but now they breed and there is a well-established population. Always a magnificent bird to see.

pattisjarrett said...

I've never seen one, so thanks for sharing your oodles of them! Those young ones are adorable!

Rambling Woods said...

I love cranes and would be thrilled to see them..You really get to see some amazing birds Eileen..Michelle

Liz said...

What fabulous images Eileen. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Cromer said...

Just absolutely wonderful Eileen! I love these birds and They have already begun returning this way...seems way too early for that. The temperatures have been messing with all of the birds here~

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