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Florida Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis pratensis

Description:

I have been watching a Sand hill Crane on her nest, her 2 eggs hatched out, and the baby's are about a week old.Florida Sand-hill Cranes,( Grus canadensis pratensis) are an Threatened species, according to the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act and state Wildlife Code.

Habitat:

Sandhill Cranes have built a nest. And are sitting on their eggs.Females usually lay two eggs and incubation (by both sexes) lasts 29-32 days. The male takes the primary role in defending the nest against possible danger. The Florida subspecies requires an area with at least some standing water to initiate nesting. The species has been known to delay breeding during the years when water levels were unfavorable. Florida Sandhill Cranes require both upland and wetland habitats for successful nesting. The long-term productivity of the Sandhill cranes is dependent not only on the presence of wetlands with suitable hydroperiods, but also proximity to foraging habitat, which includes uplands (range, pasture and pasture-forest transition) and wetlands next to or in open range or pastures The importance of the relationship of wetlands and uplands is critical to the cranes survival.

Notes:

The babies are very cute and follow the mother and father around. While the mother sat on the nest, the father would bring her food, they mate for life.

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9 Comments

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Awesome! What a cute family!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Great series and video Patricia! Amazing!

p.young713
p.young713 8 years ago

Thank you. Yes I have a video of the cranes dancing in the Florida Withlachoocee forest, I put it up on You tube.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

wow ! really cute video of the chicks playing together! These a re beautiful birds? Have you seen a crane dance?

Arun
Arun 8 years ago

nice spotting ...

chebeague3
chebeague3 8 years ago

WOW! what a bright close up!

p.young713
p.young713 8 years ago

Thank You, Emma! Thank you, Alice. I missed you both!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Welcome back, pyoung! Lovely video.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Welcome back, Nice series, from nest to following their parents. Good information.

p.young713
Spotted by
p.young713

Tampa, Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 24, 2012
Submitted on Apr 27, 2012

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