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Sandhill Crane

Gruis canadensis

Description:

Large bird with a red cap. Normally I have seen them on land, but this one was in a marsh-like pond. The late afternoon sun was the wrong way so they came out with more blue color than normal.

Habitat:

Usually rather open fields as they have to have some space in landing and taking off. They eat small rodents, frogs and insects. Can hear them quite a distance


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6 Comments

Cornel Apostol
Cornel Apostol 2 years ago

I love cranes even if we don't have cranes here, we have only white storks.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 2 years ago

Wonderful photos and spotting

Jaybird
Jaybird 2 years ago

Interesting place for this species.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 2 years ago

Lovely sighting. I remember when I lived in South Florida that I would occasionally see them. However, they were prolific at the Ft. Myers Int'l airport and they often had to send someone to shoo them away for the airplanes.

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

Love that first picture! I am fascinated by cranes and herons. Such beautiful birds.

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 2 years ago

Great pictures!!

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Lat: 27.10, Long: -82.45

Spotted on Jan 12, 2012
Submitted on Jan 13, 2012

Spotted for missions

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