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Sandhill Crane 2010

I'm hoping to keep adding and upgrading as I come across new opportunities to photograph these awesome cranes. The regular plumage of these birds is a gray blue feather but you will notice the rusty shading on all that I've photographed. Depending upon the region that they are in, the sandhills will preen iron rich mud into their feathers creating the rusty red shading. This really improves the camouflage in marsh and brush. This color will last all spring and summer till the feathers are molted in the fall. The cranes are 41/2 to 5 feet tall, the males usually the tallest, and weigh 10 to 14 pounds. When nesting the pair will take turns incubating the eggs.
We've been lucky to observe two pair on a regular basis, both in a marsh setting. The first pair are often in the open, feeding in the marsh late afternoon or early evening. See the separate album for photos of the nesting pair and hatched chicks.

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