Sandhill Cranes…

Sandhill Crane…

 

We were able to spy on these beautiful Sandhill Cranes on our hunting excursion the other day…

The whole family…

Take off…

Up and over…

Going, going, gone…

Most sandhill cranes live in freshwater wetlands. They are opportunistic eaters that enjoy plants, grains, mice, snakes, insects, or worms. They often dig in the soil for tubers and can sometimes cause significant crop damage, which brings them into conflict with farmers.

The birds are naturally gray and their heads are topped with a crimson crown. Some cranes preen themselves by adding mud to their feathers and thus taking on a temporary brown hue. This may happen because the birds use their bills to probe for food in muddy wetland soil.

More information on Sandhill Cranes can be found here.

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