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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 9 years ago

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

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Wonderful photos and spotting

Jaybird
Jaybird 9 years ago

Interesting place for this species.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 10 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 10 years ago

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

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 10 years ago

Great pictures!!

alicelongmartin
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alicelongmartin

Sarasota, Florida, USA

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

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