A pair of Sand Hill Cranes was happily spotted near the front entrance to the Sunny Hill Restoration Area along the shoreline of the Oklawaha River in Weirsdale, FL. The area is a large tract of conservation land and is home to many birds and mammals.
The Sand Hill Cranes were feeding on the lush lawn in front of a small single story departmental office building. These cranes were almost right up next to the highway and also were very close to the driveway entrance into the park. In spite of being close to homes and an office, these are not park pets, but are wild birds.
I think the Sand Hill Cranes enjoy being around water and fresh green grass. They eat grasses and grains mostly. I took these pictures on Monday, December 9, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!