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Bird Watching: Sandhill Crane colt

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9139238

around 5 days old.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 27, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9141164

Aww that is adorable! Thanks for sharing it with us!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 28, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9141542

you're welcome.
it looks like he's out there all by himself but the parents were right there. the babies are growing by leaps and bounds and still return to the nest site every night.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9142118

Sooo cute! What a fantastic experience it must be to watch them grow.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #9145097

How wonderful you get to see these birds!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 2, 2012
10:45 AM

Post #9149068

i have learned so much about these cranes this year. they started putting their nest together around the first of april and started sitting april 15 or 16th. the two babies were born 30 days later and for the first two weeks, they stayed very close to the nest site. then they began venturing out on to our property a little farther each day. now they leave early in the morning and are basically gone all day although i can scout the surrounding fields and usually catch site of them. they stay within about a mile radius but are off of our property and crossing roads. it has caused me no end of stress but i realize that this is what they do and there is nothing i can do about it other than to wipe my brow every night and say, "whew", when they come back to the nest at night.

the biggest baby or colt is very independent and is often seen many, many yards away from the parents but i know they are keeping an eye on him.

i still have not been able to take any close up shots. the parents are quite tame but the babies run at the slightest idea that i may be comings towards them and so i stay back and let them do their thing.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 2, 2012
12:03 PM

Post #9149191

That is so cute!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9149416

It is so neat when you can get a front seat to watch what goes on!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 5, 2012
11:16 AM

Post #9153289

i totally agree! look how they are growing!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 5, 2012
11:45 AM

Post #9153327

Oh my look how big they are!

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9153348

Oh my gosh. They are really growing fast! This is so cool to see. Thanks so much for sharing these images with us. I can't wait for the next installment.

Patti

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 5, 2012
12:18 PM

Post #9153357

i just realized that they are now 21 days or 3 weeks old today.
once in a great while, a parent will get up and fly around the lake, presumably stretching its wings. when he/she comes in for a landing, the larger colt will start watching and running towards the parent as it comes in for a landing.
i read that they stay in or near the nest site for the first two weeks but they still come back every night. they must know how much i would worry! LOL

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 5, 2012
12:47 PM

Post #9153384

LOL, they hang around so you won't be so worried, trackinsand. Wow, what fun to be able to watch them beautiful cranes raising their young. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 5, 2012
3:30 PM

Post #9153598

They are so adorable...thanks so much for posting and I look forward to more updates.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2012
8:12 AM

Post #9160472

the Cranes are still coming back to the nest site each evening but they leave very early in the morning and stay away all day and they are going to places where i can't keep track of them anymore, so it is more stressful than ever! lol

something happened yesterday that i have never seen before although i was told that it happens.

i was outside early last evening and glanced out to the lake to see if they had come back yet...and there they were, swimming across the cove towards the nest site. male in front, female behind, babies in the middle. they looked like big gray swans! i was so astounded that i didn't run for the camera but just stood and watched until they made it safely over to the other side. i guess they didn't feel like walking the entire length of the cove to get home.

i've enclosed a picture of the cove, minus birds, to give you all an idea of the layout. pictured is the cove entrance, the far side and the closest point (where the nest is). i hope that isn't confusing. also a picture of the babies taken a couple of days ago.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2012
8:22 AM

Post #9160492

I didn't know they would swim like that! What a cool behavior to witness.

Thanks!

Patti

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9160556

i don't know exactly how they accomplish swimming because they don't have webbed feet and i don't think they can swim very long either, especially the babies, but apparently they have enough buoyancy to stay afloat and paddle with those long legs.
it was a very cool thing to witness.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9161035

omg, i'm so excited! they did it again and this time i was ready. really, really bad pictures but i tried.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 11, 2012
2:27 PM

Post #9161043

What's a special treat!!! Thank you for sharing those photos.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9161092

Oh, my! They do look like swans! So cool to see! Thanks so much for capturing the moment and sharing.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2012
3:28 PM

Post #9161105

this whole experience has really made me want a better camera...

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9161330

How neat that you got to see it again...and get photos!

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