"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sandhill Cranes Are Where You Find Them...

One highlight of each trip to the Teton-Yellowstone area is the possibility of seeing, hearing and photographing Sandhill Cranes. They are graceful, awkward, ugly and beautiful all at the same time. We have seen or heard them in many locations in the Tetons.  The first photo is a pair with their young (called "colts") that I photographed near Flagg Ranch...


Before anyone asks, I have no idea why baby sandhill cranes are called "colts" instead of "chicks". In my simple way of reasoning all baby birds should be chicks. In any event the next photo is one of the adults called an "adult", imagine that?...


The next photo, of a pair, was taken at the Murie Center.  We often heard calls in the area but these were the only birds that we actually saw there...


While parked near the "worm hole" hoping to spot a grizzly bear, I got this photo of a lone adult instead...


The last photo in this group is probably my favorite.  We were looking for moose on the Moose-Wilson Road when Cheryl spotted two birds moving through some thick cover. I zoomed the Tamron 150-600 all the way to 600mm to isolate the head from the surrounding limbs and bushes...


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