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A family of Sandhill Cranes was spotted at the residential shoreline of Paradise Lake in what is known as the “Historic side” of The Villages, Florida, near Paradise Park.  This little family was browsing in the shallow water of the lake for some food.  The cranes eat a variety of aquatic and land plants, and seeds.  Sandhill Cranes also occasionally eat insects and small aquatic animals.

This is the first time I have seen any Sandhill Cranes in the area of Paradise Lake.  Mostly there are White Ibis, Canada Geese, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and the occasional Egyptian Geese, migratory ducks, Tri-color Herons, White Pelicans and Wood Storks.  It was a pleasure to see the three Sandhill Cranes!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.

I spotted the cranes on May 13, 2016 from the tiny Swartz Park shore near the new picnic area, and again last evening at dusk at the beautiful little Boone Park at Kim and Silver Oaks.  As ever, I hope you’ll enjoy viewing the pictures.

Crossing Kim Street in The Villages, Florida

Crossing Kim Street in The Villages, Florida

Mother and Juvenile Sand Hill Crane

Mother and Juvenile Sand Hill Crane at Boone Park, The Villages, FL

Father and Juvenile Sandhill Cranes

Father and Juvenile Sandhill Cranes at Boone Park, The Villages, FL

 

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Comments on: "A Tender Family Scene of Sandhill Cranes" (8)

  1. Thank you for the smile as always. Much appreciated.

  2. Hello, I just love these big birds. Lovely series on the Sandhill Cranes. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  3. The cranes are sure nice to wee. I really like the father and son photo!

    • Hi Montucky, I stood stock-still while the three cranes walked up close to where I was while passing by. I had earlier snapped the pictures using the long zoom lens. I stopped taking pictures when the trio got really close so as not to frighten them. They just kept walking by. So glad to see the magnificent big birds in our area! By the way, had a Mallard drake come by my backyard yesterday! Interesting place I live in. Have a great weekend!

  4. so cool to have them hanging around!

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