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Baby Sandhill Crane “Uno” at Day 6

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Baby Sandhill Crane: Day 6

I returned to check on the baby Sandhill Crane Uno last Saturday, on his sixth day of life.  He had already almost doubled in size since I last saw him!  The little guy spent most of the morning in the weeds by the lake, but he did come out a few times to pose for the camera.  So here are his six-day-old portraits. :) Little Uno is still in his tiny-cute-crane phase!  As you can see, he is only as tall as a small twig.  His mobility was much improved over my last visit, and he’d developed the stamina to spend the full day away from his nest.  Mom didn’t tuck him under her wing at all while I was there. The baby spent most of the morning tucked into the vegetation. He seemed to realize that he blended right in to the dead grasses, Nature’s perfect camouflage.  But that was slightly less than photogenic!  So I spent some time photographing his parents, who stood preening while their offspring meandered.  The best preening shots are when the bird’s face is parallel to the camera.  This bird almost cooperated! :) This was one of two times that the baby Sandhill Crane ventured out […]

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Hide and Seek

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Hide and Seek! (Sandhill Crane with Young)

This is a “digital art” version of a photo from last March.  The two Sandhill Crane colts were just a few days old.  The day was windy and cold, and Mom would occasionally sit down and create an “insta-nest” for her two tired colts.  The babies would scurry behind her back and crawl into her warm feathers. That’s the realistic story behind this photo.  After staring at it on our calendar for this month of January, however, Rich had a better interpretation.  Rich says it’s a game of Hide and Seek!  The colt on the right is hiding his eyes and counting down.  The colt on the left…well, we’re not sure if he’s hiding under Mom’s head, or asking for suggestions about where to go.  Better hurry up and decide!  10…9…8… I can’t wait to get out and photograph these beautiful birds again this spring!