Sandhill Crane

Spider Wars

March 23, 2012 - Last weekend I stopped by a local park to photograph the Sandhill Crane colts that were born at the park a few weeks ago.  Some friends had mentioned that there were great photo opportunities with this family, who are so friendly that the colts practically walk right up to you. …... Read more

The Fellowship of the Nest

March 3, 2012 - The most talked-about nest at Circle B right now is probably the Sandhill Crane nets, located not too far from the Marsh Rabbit Run trail.  The cranes nest near water, counting on the water to protect them from predators.  I got to watch the "changing of the guard" as Mom…... Read more

Mirror, Mirror, in the Lake…Who’s the Most Handsome Drake?

January 7, 2012 - I haven't seen many Sandhill Cranes at Circle B this winter, but today I did.... Bird Species List (31 total): American Coot, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Caspian Tern, Common Gallinule, Eastern Phoebe (heard), Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Great…... Read more


September 20, 2011 - Lots of people at the Circle B Bar Reserve this weekend commented that the famous baby Limpkins look a lot like baby Sandhill Cranes.  They do!  The colors are different, but the size, beak size, and general shapes of the babies are quite similar.  I hunted up some Sandhill colt…... Read more

Cute Babies at Viera Wetlands

July 9, 2011 - I went to Viera Wetlands on Saturday morning.  After all the rain on Friday, I wasn’t optimistic about the light level (I actually didn’t decide to make the drive until Saturday morning at 5am!)  There was virtually no sun till the very end of the morning, but the babies were cute and…... Read more

Hummers and Cuckoos at the Circle B Bar Reserve

June 4, 2011 - As we took the Heron Hideout trail back to the parking lot, we found Tiny Tim and his parents feeding on the side of the trail.  Tiny Tim is the baby Sandhill Crane that we first saw back at the end of April, as a tiny less-than-one-week-old colt.  "Tiny"…... Read more

So Many Fence Posts, So Few Birds…

June 2, 2011 -   When I looked up through the white cloud, I spotted a pair of Sandhill Cranes feeding on my right.... Sandhill Crane I started to hear Eastern Meadowlarks, but at first they stayed low in the fields.  Their calls carry well, and you'll think they are right next to you…... Read more

Bobolink-less Morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 14, 2011 - Black-Crowned Night Heron There was a controlled burn in the Eagle Roost area last week, on the side of the trail with the eagle's nest.  The area was black and sad as we walked by.  We found the second family of Sandhill Cranes out with their two babies.  (We did…... Read more

Mothers and Babies at the Circle B Bar Reserve

May 8, 2011 - Black-Necked Stilt As we left, we spotted the Sandhill Crane family in the Otter parking area.  The colt has grown so much in the last few weeks!  He was stretching his wings big time this morning, making me wonder how long it's going to be before he takes flight.  Despite…... Read more

More Baby Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 30, 2011 - We started out just after sunrise on the Heron Hideout trail, hoping to see the Sandhill Crane colt that the volunteers have dubbed "Tiny Tim."  But Tiny Tim and his family were nowhere to be seen.  Herman reports that the Osprey nest on the palm tree has hatched, but the…... Read more

Spring Morning at Viera Wetlands

April 17, 2011 - We came across the Viera Sandhill Crane family on the trail.  The colt is a few weeks older than the colt at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  This guy is starting to get his flight feathers.  He's still happy to accept a handout from his parents!  I was glad that…... Read more

In Search of Babies at Circle B Bar Reserve

April 10, 2011 - Dyeyo and I went to the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning on a quest to find baby birds.  The adorable Sandhill Crane colt that met us on the Heron Hideout trail was just the first.  We figured that the Barred Owlet had already fledged, so we headed out to…... Read more

A Productive Afternoon Walk!

April 9, 2011 - Purple Martins Rich told me to turn around, and when I did, he showed me a family of Sandhill Cranes that was walking along the golf course.  Despite the harsh mid-day light, it was a great time to be outside!!  The little family moved closer to us, unfortunately behind the…... Read more

The Newest Celebrity at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 2, 2011 - This winter the American Bittern and the King Rail were the stars at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  This spring, the Sandhill Crane colt that frequents the Heron Hideout trail is quickly becoming the newest celebrity at the park.... This morning I met Michael Libbe at sunrise and we found…... Read more

Neighborhood Sandhill Crane family

March 29, 2011 - Rich spotted our neighborhood Sandhill Cranes by the Lakehurst pond -- with a baby!  He's a pretty big baby already, almost half as tall as his parents already.  He's starting to get his flight feathers, although he still has some of that adorable baby fuzz to him.... Sandhill Crane family... Read more

March Photo Walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 26, 2011 - American Bittern We found the best treat of the morning on Heron Hideout as we headed back to the parking lot.  A new family of Sandhill Cranes was hanging out on the side of the trail, within an arm's distance.  Everybody had the opportunity to get frame-filling photos (and those…... Read more

Sandhill Cranes

February 28, 2011 - The Sandhill Cranes have been more active in our neighborhood in the last week or so.  We've also started to see the pair at work regularly.... Sandhill Crane... Read more

You Know it’s Springtime at Circle B Bar Reserve if…

February 20, 2011 - You know it's springtime at Circle B Bar Reserve if you see the following: Trees are getting their leaves back Sandhill Cranes start sitting on nests!... Dyeyo and I were ecstatic when we saw a Sandhill Crane sitting on what appeared to be a nest, on the north side…... Read more

Hoodies at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

January 29, 2011 - Great Blue Heron with Snake On the way back to the car, we saw the usual Sandhill Cranes in their spot on the north side of Marsh Rabbit Run.... Species List: American Bittern, American Coot, American Robin, American White Pelican, American Wigeon, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling…... Read more

Bittern-ly Chilly Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 15, 2011 - Red-Winged Blackbirds in Treasure Tree (HDR) The Sandhill Cranes were doing their early morning take-off as I arrived.... Sandhill Crane I walked past the "Four Corners" intersection of the Marsh Rabbit Run and Heron Hideout trails, keeping an eye out for the Wilson's Snipes that have been hanging out there…... Read more

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Beautiful Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

December 22, 2010 - Juvenile Wood Stork with Nesting Material Dozens of Sandhill Cranes that roosted in the marsh overnight took to the skies, honking like crazy.  According to my bird CD, the call of the Sandhill Crane can be heard up to a mile away.  I believe it!  It's fun to get the…... Read more

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Circle B Sunset Cranes

December 21, 2010 - On Thursday afternoon I took two fun pictures at Circle B: one of Sandhill Cranes flying against the sunset sky, and another of the sunset landscape.  Then I combined the two pictures in Photoshop Elements.  I think the composition is long as I admit to the Photoshopping!... Sandhill Crane…... Read more

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Cranes and Pelicans and a Circle B Sunset

December 11, 2010 - Flock of White Ibis coming to roost I spotted a flock of at least 10 Sandhill Cranes flying in to roost.... Sandhill Crane Roost As I was taking my panorama shots, Dyeyo was counting -- there were at least 25 additional Sandhill Cranes roosting in the distance behind us, too!...…... Read more

The Coots have Returned to the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 17, 2010 - ...Things are certainly picking up at the Circle B Bar Reserve. Besides seeing the first American Coots of the season, this morning we saw a juvenile Bald Eagle doing some nice close fly-bys, three Roseate Spoonbills, and plenty of Gray Catbirds and Eastern Phoebes. Last night when we left at sunset, we said good night […] Read more

Beautiful Sunsets

October 15, 2010 - ...The clear cooler days make for some beautiful sunsets. This oak tree was gorgeous with the orange sun backlight. Then I saw the neighborhood Sand Hill Cranes drinking of a pond, which was illuminated by the reflection of the sunset. I didn’t have my split neutral density filters with me, so I adjusted the picture […] Read more

Quiet morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 18, 2010 - ...The sky was clear and the winds were northeast and there were not many migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning. It was a bit cooler, though, and a walk through the marsh at dawn is always pleasant. Thankfully I didn’t see any alligators, either! I started out on Heron Hideout and checked […] Read more

Sand Hill Cranes

September 15, 2010 - ...It’s starting to feel a little like fall. The temperatures have cooled a few degrees, there’s a nice breeze in the evening, and the sun is shifting in the sky, causing the evening light to be great. Tonight we saw a total of five Sand Hill Cranes on our walk. Read more

Activity Starting to Pick up at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2010 - ...I keep running into photographers at the Circle B Bar Reserve who complain that nothing is happening. They remember the thousands of pelicans and myriad of other species seen last November through April. There isn’t as much activity now, but there’s still plenty to photograph, especially if you know where to look! The plan this […] Read more

Sand Hill Crane Dance

September 10, 2010 - ...Tonight on our walk we came across these two Sand Hill Cranes. They were pretty close to the path and I started to photograph them. Then they moved off on the golf course, and I followed a few steps. I was glad I did, because they started to dance. I had just my 400mm prime […] Read more

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducklings at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

August 15, 2010 - ...Dyeyo and I spent another great morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve today.  We went with hopes of seeing some migratory warblers or wading birds.  Dyeyo did see a Northern Parula, but our major excitements today were the Yellow-Crowned Night Warbler and the baby Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks! The sunrise was slow this morning.  Dyeyo […] Read more

Rainy Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

August 8, 2010 - Great-Crested Flycatcher We started to head out the Eagle Roost around to Wading Bird Way, but turned back when we started to feel raindrops.  The rain kindly held off as we made our way back.  On Heron Hideout, close to the parking lot trail, we ran into "Dyeyo's baby" Sandhill…... Read more

Another Hot Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

July 31, 2010 - ...Dyeyo and I spent a fun, but hot, morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve today. We got there just before sunrise, and watching the sun come up over Lake Hancock was spectacular.  Then the sun went behind some clouds.  We saw a juvenile Green Heron down at the start of the Alligator Alley trail, […] Read more

Birds and Babies and Alligators, Oh my!

June 27, 2010 - ...Dyeyo and I enjoyed our hike around the Circle B Bar Reserve again this morning.  We saw our usual assortment of birds and babies, plus a few surprises… The Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks continue to make Circle B their summer home.  Their calls can be heard all over the marshes at all hours of the morning.  […] Read more

Baby Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

June 20, 2010 - ...The beautiful sunrise this morning was just the start of a happy Father’s Day hike with Dyeyo at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  We saw lots of baby birds!   Sand Hill Cranes, Purple Gallinules, Common Moorhens, Grackles and Red-Winged Blackbirds, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker… The Black-necked Stilt babies that we have been watching for the past […] Read more

Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 29, 2010 - ...The increasingly hot temperatures drove Dyeyo and me to the Circle B Bar Reserve at 6:30 this morning, to allow us time for birding before the heat set in. I was amazed to see the marsh at sunrise. It was like a whole other world, with dewdrops glistening in the rising sun, and the grasses […] Read more

Still Plenty of Birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 16, 2010 - ...It was very hot but very fun to be back at the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning. Dyeyo and I took a nice long hike and saw some neat birds. I saw my first Eastern Meadowlark! I’ll wait until I have a better picture to post one, though. When we first arrived, we saw […] Read more

Baby Sand Hill Crane!

April 3, 2010 - ...When Dyeyo called to say that he’d seen a baby sand hill crane hatch at the Circle B Bar Reserve, I was very jealous.  Then a few weeks later he reported seeing the new family at the same place several times in a row.  So I had to go and see if I could get […] Read more

Bird-watching at Circle B Bar Reserve

December 23, 2009 - ...Now that Dyeyo, Rich, and I have discovered the Circle B Bar Reserve, we go there often.  Each time we go we see new birds and learn more about them.  It’s such fun. The first bird we saw this time was one that I usually don’t like to photograph, a black vulture.  There are tons […] Read more