Thursday, August 27, 2009

Birding @ the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Part 3)

When Robbie and I finally reached the south west marsh, not only did we see many Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, but we noticed something a little taller, near the waters edge. At first, we thought we were looking at one or two Great Blue Herons, but as we got a little closer, we realized we had hit the mother-load - a family of Sandhill Cranes (7 in all).

A couple were busy preening:

Soon, a few others became a little self-conscious of their appearance and began preening as well.

We watched as a few fought over territory:

Soon, they settled back into preening:

Truly, a beautiful bird!

In all the years I have visited the Migratory Bird Sanctuary, I have never seen so many Sandhill Cranes in the same place. For more information about the Sandhill Crane, please visit The International Crane Foundation HERE

1 comment:

  1. Awesome captures! They are truly a very cool bird!
    When Jeff and I were in Florida we saw scads of them eating in the mud..what a noisy bunch of birds!
    you both had a great day I see..with many birds!