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Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

Description:

A large, long-legged, long-necked, wading bird. Sandhills are gray (although during the breeding season they may "paint" themselves with mud to better blend in to their local environment) with a red patch of skin on their foreheads. Black legs and dark bill. The Greater subspecies--which is what this bird is--may be four feet tall. They have a loud bugling call that can be heard more than a mile away on a calm day.

Habitat:

Marshes but will feed in uplands.

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20 Comments

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

Thanks Harsha.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Outstanding picture!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

Thanks for the comments. Sandhills are beginning to stage here in preparation for their southward migration. Hoping to get some more shots soon.

p.young713
p.young713 10 years ago

Very beautiful photo!

Elsa
Elsa 10 years ago

Agree Gordon, and as with Christie, I've most definitely been stung by the bug too! I still have a way to go, but I could spend hours outside practicing..

I have only been dabbling in photography for about a year. I have definitely been stung by the bug! I love this art form.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

Thank you both Elsa and Christie. I think that photography has an important role in not just documenting but also illustrating the beauty of this fascinating world. I shoot for both, but I'm particularly satisfied when they merge in the same photograph.

Beautiful photo!

Elsa
Elsa 10 years ago

Gordon your pictures are so inspirational!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Joseph, They are graceful flyers, but I have to laugh when watching them land as the cranes on the ground seem to be quite concerned about the incoming, clumsy approaches....grin.

JosephBullock
JosephBullock 11 years ago

Looks like a student pilot getting ready to land :) Great photo!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 11 years ago

A wonderful picture! Thanks too for the story Gordan

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Thanks, I was out photographing sandhills and not having much luck. A storm was moving in and I decided to drive home. As I rounded a bend on the dirt road three sandhills flushed from the roadside and began flying parallel to the road about 50 feet away. I quickly stopped the car and rolled down the window and shot three frames. This was the best of the three and is one of my all time favorite photos.

rpsonak3
rpsonak3 11 years ago

what a great shot!

MatthewFuller
MatthewFuller 11 years ago

Thats a brilliant photo!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 11 years ago

Oh, what a stunning photo! Great capture, perfect timing!! Such elegant birds :)

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 11 years ago

Oh, what a stunning photo! Great capture, perfect timing!! Such elegant birds :)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

It does resemble a brolga. I worked with cranes for a number of years, including both brolgas and sandhills. Fascinating family of birds!

TrishPeake
TrishPeake 11 years ago

beautiful bird , what a great picture

Christiane
Christiane 11 years ago

Love this photo!! This is a beautiful bird.. looks a lot like the Brolga here in Australia!

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Nov 4, 2008
Submitted on May 16, 2011

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