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Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis


A tall, slender crane with grey and brown plumage throughout most of its body. The head is scarlet red on top, fading to whitish/grey toward the neck. Feet and beak are black.


Backwaters of the Mississippi River.


While photographing this individual, who was with another, we did get to hear the vocalizations calling to another pair across the levee. Very difficult to describe, so they can be heard at

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beaker98 2 years ago

Thanks Stephanie! Glad we got to experience these amazing birds.

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 2 years ago

Your photos are amazing! The sandhill cranes really blend in with the background, yet you managed to make them really stand out in your photos. Well done Bill!

beaker98 2 years ago

Thanks Caleb! It was a great time watching them.

CalebSteindel 2 years ago

Great series, Bill!

Illinois, USA

Lat: 41.90, Long: -90.13

Spotted on Mar 12, 2016
Submitted on Mar 13, 2016

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