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This flock of Sandhill Cranes has been frequenting the shrinking Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida for a couple of weeks now, mostly at dusk.  I have photographed these birds a few times now.  The cranes are becoming lively and showing courtship ritual behaviors such as jumping up and dow with spread wings and vocalizing a little.

The lake is ultra-low now due to our on-going drought conditions.  There is still a lot of food for the large birds in and on the lake.  The grasses, seeds, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, and aquatic weeds are all food for these beautiful big birds.  I think we will be seeing and hearing the “Colts”, which are the baby Sandhill Cranes in several weeks!  I can’t wait.  I took these pictures last night at about 6:30pm.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Courting Sandhill Cranes" (4)

  1. That must be really nice to see and especially the babies!

    • Hi Montucky, It is amazing how little and orange those “Colts” are when tiny babies. They grow quickly. I look forward to seeing the babies here. Have a great Thursday tomorrow and a pleasant evening tonight! Thanks for your great comments!

  2. Bridgette said:

    Good evening, I recently moved in to a Golf Course, and have Discovered these Marvelous Trumpets! I NEVER thought I would be a “Bird” person……was I wrong! They come to visit me ALL DAY…..hence…..I sprinkle a little cracked corn in the yard. I also have discovered ” Whistler Duck ” OMG…are they a Riot!!!! With their little orange beaks.
    PS. I have been searching for a Blog about Sand Hill Cranes….and I think I have found what I have been looking for…..

    • Hi Bridgette, Glad you also like the Sandhill Cranes. Welcome. Yes, I have a lot of posts about the larger birds but I also occasionally sprinkle in posts about songbirds. The big birds are very easily photographed and are pretty abundant in my vicinity. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. I agree about the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks being a riot!

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