Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sandhill Crane & Chicks

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes;

My post this week is on the Sandhill Crane. It has a red forehead and white cheeks and the sexes look alike. They have long dark legs and a dark bill. The Male can weigh as much as 10lb and the female 8lb. The height can range from almost 3ft-4ft tall.


More shots of the  5 Sandhill Cranes seen in my SIL's neighborhood.


Sandhill Crane grooming.


We saw the Sandhill Crane family on the next to last day of our trip. The two chicks were just adorable. Immature birds have a reddish brown upperparts and gray underparts.



My Florida vacation started with seeing the Sandhill Cranes at my SIL's place and was ending with seeing the Sandhill Cranes and their chicks.




Thanks for visiting my blog and post, I hope you enjoyed the Sandhill Cranes.
Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

65 comments:

  1. so very cute with their gangly babies!

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  2. Oh my gosh, the chicks are so adorable! I love seeing the sweet family :)

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  3. Yes, I've enjoyed your cranes. They are not the same sort which visit us here in Sweden.
    The babies are sooo cute! Fantastic wievs!
    Greetings Pia

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  4. Amazing. I so anxiously awaiting some ducklings, or some small baby goslings or something on the water spots here. Your baby cranes are sweet Eileen.

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  5. it's amazing those skinny legs can hold them up!!

    love those little ones!!

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  6. What a great sighting, Eileen! I hope a few are heading north soon so I can them. :)) Lucky you to see them in Florida!

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  7. How wonderful! I've seen the sandhill crane once at a drive-thru wildlife park in Texas. The chicks are adorable and a first for me. I'd call this a successful trip. :)

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  8. Great photos and how nice to see both the adults and chicks.

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  9. Beautiful photos of the cranes! They looks very much alike ours...They havent arrived yet because the spring is so late this year...but soon they will come :))

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  10. well, i guess that is the bird i got in my Florida picture the other day. maybe it was a bit more than a few days, i will have to find my post. it was taken in Tampa, at Busch Gardens. (off to look.) thanks, for that info. nice shots. i love learning all about birds. ( :

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  11. There is just something special about Sandhill Cranes. How lucky you were to see these beautiful birds. Fantastic photographs, Eileen! Love the youngsters! I'm hoping to see some sandhill chicks in our area soon.

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  12. Hallo Eileen!Wonderful pictures!Those chicks looks so cute!!Lovely family,are'nt they?Have a lovely week!
    Dimi..

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  13. oh yes beautiful and such long, graceful legs ..

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  14. that is soem long legged chicks. So sweet. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  15. What a treat to see the two chicks! Florida is fortunate to have a resident population. I'm looking forward to seeing the Sandhills here in Fairbanks soon!

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  16. Żurawie to piekne ptaki, a ich dzieci są urocze. Bardzo ładne i miłe zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
    Cranes are beautiful birds, and their children are adorable. Very nice and nice pictures. Yours.

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  17. Hi Eileen, it must have been so exciting to see these cranes. You got some wonderful photos of them. Thanks for stopping by with the id on my ducks and also for the good tips for sightings. I'll definitely remember that when we go back.

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  18. Hi Eileen ...The Sandhill Crane families are wonderful and very tall birds!!! Those little ones with "long legs"are so cute!!
    Grace

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  19. Cool shots! The chicks are so gawky and cute!

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  20. The baby sand cranes are very, very cute!

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  21. Such wonderful pictures! I loved seeing those babies. Thank you for sharing your photos.

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  22. just beautiful... so elegant Eileen.

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  23. the babies are so, so cute, so fuzzy.

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  24. Loved seeing the Sandhill Cranes . . . and the little ones!

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  25. Very nice series of pics. I esp enjoyed the golf balls in the first image! Looks like a field o crane eggs! I envy you yourr cranes, too my dear. I have yet to get any pics. We have them in Maine as uncommon summer migrants and I missed the in Florida. Guess I'll have to go back to keep up with you! Nice work

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  26. Beautiful images of the crane.

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  27. What a worthwhile visit. Isn't it great to see growing families?

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  28. I have never seen the babies. How wonderful to see them during your vacation!

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  29. Loving those babies! Great shots!

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  30. Great post! Love the grooming shot and the little chicks :)

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  31. I'm sure this had to be a highlight of your trip.
    Wonderful shots Eileen! Those chicks are delightful to see.

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  32. Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing.Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  33. I love sandhill cranes and those babies are just adorable! How wonderful that you get to see them. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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  34. Dearest Eileen,
    Hello, how wonderful to see the beautiful Sandhill Crane and its families♡♡♡
    We used to have almost 400 cranes in our city park which has a big lake. I DO miss them a lot after they were all killed due to the bird's flue some years ago. So sorry for the sad story but couldn't help write about it(^^;)
    I hope you are going to have a wonderful new week my friend.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*
     

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  35. Hello Eileein,
    che belle queste tue foto :))
    La natura è sempre meravigliosa.
    By Myriam

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  36. Brilliant Eileen. Seeing that family of cranes would beat a round of golf anyday.

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  37. I would LOVE to see these birds! Great series!

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  38. The birds are remarkable - but the golf balls make me laugh!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  39. What beautiful shots.

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  40. Those young cranes are really cute, but the adults are very special, and I'd love to see these birds for real!
    Great stuff!!

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  41. Oh my, those chicks stole my heart!

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  42. These are wonderful photos of the cranes. I especially enjoyed seeing the chicks.

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  43. Such cute pictures of the babies.

    Cindy

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  44. They are all so adorable! The chicks look very darling!

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  45. These birds are so interesting to watch. Great shots.

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  46. Great photos of the Sand Hill Cranes! I've never seen any. The chicks are so cute with their long legs. I love the photo of the one grooming.

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  47. Wonderful family shots of the sandhill cranes. The babies are so cute.

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  48. Wow, this would be a really great yard bird to have!

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  49. Great photos of the Sandhill Cranes and the chicks... My son has those cranes in his area (Galveston, TX) during the winter...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  50. NIce shots of the Crane family!

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  51. Magnificent birds! I can't wait to see some in person.

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  52. Aren't they wonderful! You were really lucky to get them with the trees in the background, shows how tall they actually are!

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  53. Oh, I would love to see their chicks! Thanks for showing them to us.

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  54. Those are some big birds. I have never seen anything like them.

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  55. The Cranes and chicks, they are beautiful. Thanks Eileen.

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  56. Great photos of the cranes.
    Well photographed.
    Best wishes, Irma

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  57. Wow - so cool to see baby birds already! We won't see any for a couple more weeks yet up here. And GREEN GRASS! Great idea to head south, Eileen :-)

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  58. We're really seeing a lot crane families now (central Florida).
    It's great you had a chance to see them while you were visiting!
    Thank you for sharing the pictures!

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  59. The adult birds look a little like the Australian Brolga - but I've never seen a Brolga chick, so can't say if the family resemblance extends to the children!!!

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  60. This is so charming, Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Oh how adorable...Those long legs..wonderful post for NN Eileen.. hugs...

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