Monday, January 30, 2006

Sandhill Cranes

I saw these birds in the man-made lake behind a shopping center. They continue to survive, even as we encroach on their habitat. I usually see them in pairs, sometimes with a chick or two. As soon as the baby loses his yellow down, and looks like a small adult, they fly off and leave him. Try as he may to come around them, they fly away each time (not gonna let him move back home) The young one cannot fly as fast as the adults, and they leave him quickly. He flies along behind, squawking for them to let him come along.
The chick eats from mama's beak.

Sandhill Cranes are large. The adults are about three feet tall.


jellyhead said...

What kooky-loooking birds! The pink on the adult's head is very bright, isn't it?

I'll have to show your photos to Fatty, too (you know he is a bird nerd!)

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Your photos are terrific!! I have never seen a crane up close...just in passing.

Hiding in the High Desert said...

Thanks for the pictures.Don't see them anymore when I'm grocery shopping. Just one more little thing we gave up to leave hurricane alley.