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These Sandhill Cranes were spotted in The Villages, FL on April 3, 2017 and also yesterday.  I saw the big birds at both the Live Oak Park area near the pond North of the park on the East side, and also at Paradise Park.  Both groups of the cranes were seen in the very early evening hours.

The flock at Paradise Park was quite near Swartz Park.  This lake has two smaller parks and the large Paradise Park.  The lake is ringed on three sides with homes and on the other side with the big park.  The birds were there in search of their evening meal and probably to engage in courtship rituals.  I saw a lot of jumping and flapping of wings.  I am still getting to know my new-to-me camera which has a lot of adjustments I am not yet familiar with.  I apparently had mis-set my speed and so most of the pictures of the Sandhill Cranes from Paradise Park were pretty blurry.  Sad but true.  I like the camera which is a hand-me-down from my husband.  Much lighter to carry than the big 500mm zoom and older camera.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Sandhill Cranes at Twilight" (7)

  1. You are very fortunate to see those big birds so often. Not everyone gets that chance!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, we here in Central Florida are blessed with lots of varied birds to watch during the year. The big cranes and storks are wonderful! Have a fabulous day today! I am thrilled to live where I can go a few miles and see so much wildlife. Even at the doorstep on occasion!

  2. Hello, wonderful captures of the Sandhill Cranes. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  3. Beautiful pictures of the Sandhill Cranes… Such beautiful birds!

    Hope you had a good Easter.

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