This flock of about eleven Sandhill Cranes visited the rapidly drying-up beautiful little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida on Monday, April 3, 2017 at dusk. I think the feeding was great for the big birds! There were a lot of aquatic plants exposed as well as easily caught minnows, tadpoles, small fish, frogs, and the like.
I think these birds were doing courtship dances as several were hopping and flapping their wings. They also were vocalizing in a low soft manner. It also was pretty humorous to see a Great Blue Heron fly over near where the cranes were at and see the reaction of both kinds of birds. After just a moment of being harassed by the cranes, the heron flew to another area of the lake were the other birds were tiny ones! Ha!
I believe this group is just visiting but may be from the region. We have both migratory and native Sandhill Cranes here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! P.S. It rained on Tuesday – a nice good soaker! – Wildlifewatcher