Dancing Cranes

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Sandhill Cranes mate for life, choosing their partners based on dancing displays. Displaying birds stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air.

The last image shows them to be more serene.  This is how they react once they become aware of a photographer on the scene…sigh of slight frustration.

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Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes are large birds that live in open habitats, so they’re fairly easy to spot if you go to the right places. In summer look for them in small bogs, marshes, and prairies across northern North America and the southeastern United States. In winter they form immense flocks in places like Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. Their bugling calls are unique and can be heard from miles away—they can help alert you to this species’ presence, particularly as they pass overhead on migration. (From allaboutbirds.org)

This is a photo that I took of Sandhill Cranes in October.  Aren’t they handsome birds?

Sandhill Cranes foraging for food in a Minnesota farm field.
Sandhill Cranes foraging for food in a Minnesota farm field.