Sand Hill Cranes are both migratory and resident birds here in Florida. I recently saw several Sand Hill Cranes in the fresh water marshy grasslands of the Paynes Prairie State Park near Gainesville, Florida. These huge light grey birds walk upright while browsing the grasslands for grains, worms, and snails. These handsome birds have a red patch above their bill, and up between their eyes.
Sand Hill Cranes are really neat to see when they are flying. I had a pair fly right overhead when I was at the park. In one photo I took, a pair of Sand Hill Cranes is looking up. That happened right when a hawk flew by. There were several hawks around that day. I took these pictures on December 16, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!