Sandhill Cranes

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The sandhill crane (grus canadensis) can be found from northern Canada across to Alaska and eastern Siberia and a far south as Mexico, the southern United States and Cuba. There are seen rarely in China, Korea and Japan, and very rarely in Europe. There are three non-migratry populations: Mississippi, Florida, and Cuba and six migratory populations: eastern flyway, mid-continent flyway, rocky mountain flyway, lower Colorado River flyway, central valley flyway, and the Pacific flyway. They migrate from their breeding gounds in the north during the warmer months to the south during winter. you will see them in open grasslands, meadows, seed fields, and shallow fresh water marshes.

 

Sandhill cranes are large heaby bodied birds with long necks and legs. They stand up to four feet tall and have a wingspan from between five feet five inches and seven feet six inches. They have a long dark pointed bill, black legs and  a short drooping tail. The body is slate gray with rusty undertones on the belly, white cheeks, and a red forehead. The chicks are yellow with rusty orange accents. Great soaring birds, they hold their necks straight in from of them and trail their legs behind. They can live up to 35 years in the wild and form flocks of over 10,000 birds during migration.

Picture of a pair of sandhill cranes in an eastern Hillsborough County, Florida pasture as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Just The Two Of Us

 

Black and white picture of a puffed up sandhill crane looking like a golf ball on a tee as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Fluffy Golf Ball BW

Picture of a sandhill crane fluffing its feathers in Lakeland, Florida's Circle B Bar Preserve as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Fluffy Crane

Picture of a sandhill crane feeding a grub to one of its chicks in Riverview, Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Sandhill Crane Breakfast

 

The cranes main diet consists of seeds and berries, but also eats small mammals, insects, snails, grubs, snakes, reptiles, amphibians,  etcetera, depending on availability. They forage in grain fields, open grasslands, meadows, and fresh water marshes and bogs and usually nest in mardhes or bogs.

 

Sandhill cranes are highly gregarious birds, with pairs and families making up the primary social units. They roost in large groups and feed in large flocks.

 

They are a ground dwelling species and are hunted by fox racoons, coyotes, wolves, cougars bobcats, and lynx from the ground, and ravens, crow, gulls, hawks, great horned owls, and eagles from the air. In Florida and Cuba they also have to contend with alligators and crocodiles. The adults defend against flying predators by jumping and kicking and confront ground predators by advancing with spread wings and hissing, stabing with their beaks and kicking as a last resort.

 

The sandhill crane has been an inspiration for many artists as noted in the paintings of the Japanese, and native Americans. Their dances  have been the inspiration for many of the native Americans and is seen in many ballet moves.

Picture of a flock of sandhill cranes resting under an oak tree in Pasco County, Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Shaded Respite

Picture of a sandhill crane chick that still has its yellow down as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Still Yellow

Picture of a pair of sandhill cranes with chicks in Riverview, Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Sandhill Cranes With Chicks

Picture of a sandhill crane puffed up and looking like a golf ball on a tee as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title: Fluffy Golf Ball

Picture of a sandhill crane family taking a walk in the rain in Riverview, Florida as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   A Walk In The Rain

Picture of a juvenile sandhill crane in rural Sumter County, Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Juvenile Sandhill Crane

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