Monday, April 18, 2011

Sandhill Crane Family at Circle B Bar Reserve



"Look mom, I can touch my tummy!"


"Am I a boy or a girl?"


"Wait for me!"


"Yuck, I'm not eating that bug!"


"Ignore the big bird behind me."

"Thanks for the snack, Mom."


"I hate getting wet."

Another serious "too cute" moment, but sad as well. Back in mid-February, I was able to get shots of the sandhill crane on a nest with eggs in the middle of the marsh. A couple of weeks ago I had read that the babies had hatched and were moving around the park with the parents. I saw several pictures of 2 babies posted on flickr but by the time I was able to get out to the park one of the babies was gone. No one knows what happened. Could have been an alligator or bobcat.  I found the family wandering around Heron Hideout trail (along with a long line of photographers). I took my place along the side of the trail and started snapping pictures. The parents stayed really close to the baby and kept feeding it. It was mesmerising to sit and watch the family walk around. They didn't seem to mind the large group watching them since everyone stayed pretty far away and didn't crowd them. After a while the family moved closer to the closed Rabbit Marsh trail and I headed back to my car.

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23 comments:

  1. oh i hope this little long-legged one makes it! such a precarious little thing!

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  2. Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Awesome shots! Such a little cutie!

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  4. They are excellent photos. Great shots.

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  5. Excellent series Dina. A tough start to life when you have to protect yourself from all the possible predators looking for a quick snack. Hope the little one has luck on its side.

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  6. Absolutely adorable. Awesome series of images!

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  7. Greetings from Southern California

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    God bless you and have a nice Easter :-)

    ~Ron

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  8. Amazing series! The chick looks so cute on the top shots. Love your header too.

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  9. Priceless!!
    Can't stop laughing.

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  10. A brilliant series of images of the chick. It really was an Ahhhh moment seeing them. Lovely post.

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  11. What a gangly yet cute chick.No wonder the parents stayed close, I bet you have heard the saying 'like a chicken with only one chick'.
    Absolutely wonderful captures.

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  12. Thank you for this privileged look into the the secret life of the Sandhill crane. I could not imagine seeing anything quite so endearing and so spectacularly photographed.

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  13. Beautiful photos of the very cute chick. What a great photo opportunity!

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  14. What a delightful series of photos! I hope that little one makes it.

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  15. Outstanding! What a joy and a privilege to see.

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  16. Very touching, and what a marvelous opportunity! Well done.
    B.

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  17. Fantastic shots, the baby crane is just adorable. What a great sighting.

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  18. Great pictures of the beloved sandhill cranes. Fantastic close-ups.

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  19. What a terrific journal of this little one's first days on our lovely Planet--WOW such great photos!!

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  20. Adorable,lovely,sweet..dah,words can't explain these!

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  21. Nice shots, and indeed a funny texting you've added to each picture : )

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