This family of Sandhill Cranes is one I have photographed several times. The trio lives along the shore of a little park lake here in my community. I really enjoy seeing the three. The baby is getting really big! The poor juvenile does have that deformed foot which although hard to live with, seems manageable. I have often seen the bird stand on one foot. Wading birds, geese and ducks do stand on one foot at times to rest.
I photographed the cranes last night at about 8:00PM as the Sun was setting. The group is most often seen in the early morning or very late afternoon. I was at Boone Park when I took these pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!
This Sandhill Crane is the same juvenile I have photographed for just over the last three months now (I think it was March 16, 2015 when I first posted a picture of the chick with parents). I spotted this crane at the same horse ranch pond in Northeastern Marion County where I often have photographed water birds. I did not see the parents this time. I wonder if the parents are on a nearby pasture or if they have left the juvenile for an extended time.
I do not know if the juvenile, which appears mostly fully grown at around fifteen weeks of age, can fly yet. Sandhill Cranes are excellent at flying. I believe the family was of the native Florida group of Sandhill Cranes. I am not sure how much longer I will be seeing this wonderful crane here. The crane likely will eventually seek a mate and possibly move on. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
The Sandhill Crane family I have been occasionally observing out in the area adjacent to the horse farm pond in Northwestern Marion County, FL, is doing really well. I am thrilled! The juvenile has really grown a lot and is about five to six weeks old.
I have now photographed the trio four times since March 16, 2015. I took these latest pictures from the side of the road a long way from the birds so as to not disturb them. I photographed the cranes on April 15, 2015, at about 5:00 pm. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Sandhill Cranes are really wonderful big birds. Isn’t it wonderful how the chick has grown? I am so very glad for it. The Sandhill Cranes seem to be outstanding parents. I had photographed this little chick with its parents several weeks ago, about a quarter-mile down the road from this particular ranch pond. This pond is a place I often go to photograph wildlife and is either at, or next to, one of the larger, important horse farms in Northwest Marion County, Florida.
There are a lot of cattle on this pasture with the pond these days. The big equestrian event has concluded so there is less human commotion around the area. So far, the pond still has wildlife living there, even with those cows! There is a nesting pair of Canada Geese and another nesting pair of Mottled Ducks there now. I took these pictures from the roadway on April 2, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!