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
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