Friday, January 23, 2009

My Florida Diary - Part 1: Sandhill Cranes

I thought I would post some of my memories from when I lived in Florida. One of my favorite birds I used to see a lot of was sandhill cranes. I used to see them all around town, at the zoo (in an area where they were free to come and go), by a lake near my friend's house and at my sister's flute teacher's house.

Here is a sandhill crane with her newly hatched baby. We saw them at the Brevard Zoo in an area called Native Florida. This area has a small pond where local wildlife can come and go freely. There was a pair of sandhill cranes that nested there.

This must be one of his first times trying to stand up because he wasn't very strong yet. He only lasted a few seconds on his feet, but he still made it.

This is at my sister's flute teacher's house. While she was having a lesson, I went outside and spotted a pair of cranes. They visited here frequently.

While I was sitting there, one of them decided to start checking out this fake heron. He even pecked it's tail a couple of times ;-)

I followed them to the edge of this pond and sat down next to them before I went back inside the porch.

I've always loved sandhill cranes and I look forward to seeing them again.


NW Nature Nut said...

I have never seen them that close up. They sure are pretty.

Ruth said...

We see lots of Sandhill Cranes in the summer on Manitoulin Island, but I never have managed to get close to them like this.