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Sandhill Cranes

I really lucked out when it came to Sandhill Cranes in Heber last weekend.  I saw two different sets of parents: the first with one chick and the second with two chicks.  The second set weren’t worried about me being close at all.  Also, Jon would like you to know that these close up pictures were all taken because he insisted I take them when I thought the other pictures were sufficient.  I didn’t think that these cranes would let me get any closer, but they did.

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I love how with this one you can see the blade of grass inside the hole in his beak.

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And the babies were so cute.

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They were busy preening, which is interesting since most baby birds seem very uninterested in keeping up with beauty standards.  For example, it took Stonewall at least a year to stop mutilating his tail feathers.  Also, you can start to see the sheen of the adult feathers.

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They look very different from head-on.

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I have no idea what he’s carrying.  Do you?

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3 Responses to “Sandhill Cranes”

  1. Tiffany says:

    I’m glad Jon insisted! You must be really happy with these photos, they are really good. I especially love the one with the blade of grass through the nostril and the baby photos – they are so cute with fuzzy tails and make very dinosauresque runners!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’m very happy with them. The lighting on the first set is great. I do like the dinosaur nature of the last picture a lot. His neck and legs are sooo looong!

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