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|Juvenile Sandhill Crane, captured out on my ranch. I have a mother nesting as well, so I hope to have more pictures in the coming months.|
The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is a large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia.
Adults are grey; they have a red forehead, white cheeks and a long dark pointed bill. They have long dark legs which trail behind in flight and a long neck that is kept straight in flight. Immature birds have reddish brown upperparts and grey underparts. Adult cranes can reach four to five feet in height and weigh seven to twelve pounds, with a wing span of up to seven feet. Both sexes look alike.
Their breeding habitat is marshes and bogs in central and northern Canada, Alaska, part of the midwestern and southeastern United States, Siberia and Cuba. They nest in marsh vegetation or on the ground close to water. The female lays two eggs on a mound of vegetation. Cranes mate for life; both parents feed the young, called colts, who are soon able to feed themselves. The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old. It can live up to 25 years in the wild; in captivity they have been known to live more than twice that span. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south as a group with their offspring.
Three subspecies are resident; pulla of the Gulf Coast of USA, pratensis of Florida and Georgia and nesiotes of Cuba. Others migrate to the southwestern United States south to Mexico. The Platte River at the edge of Nebraska's Sandhills in the American midwest is an important stopover for up to 450,000 of these birds during migration. This crane is a rare vagrant to China, South Korea and Japan and a very rare vagrant to western Europe.
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Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
- [2007-03-21 1:04]
This is a really nice capture of a sandhill crane.
I have been trying to shoot one for years, and have never succeeded to get close enough. Good POV and beautiful colors.
TFS. : )
Hello Angela , very good colors and sharpness , TFS.
Hi Angela, great capture, well done!!!
- [2007-03-23 9:07]
Excellent capture with great color and nice details in a very good composition. I'm looking forward to some new family shots, thanks for sharing.
Great shot of this sandhill.
- [2007-04-03 12:52]
Excellent pose and composition here. Lovely colours and a good POV as well.