Sandhill Cranes Nesting in My Backyard

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The Sandhill Cranes decided to nest in my backyard this year.
Below are a few photos of the last couple of months. I spotted them during their courtship rituals and have followed them since. They laid two eggs but only one hatched.

#1 Mating Ritual
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#2 Turning the Eggs
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#3 Chick One Week Old
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#4 Hunting For Food
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#5 Chick Eating a Nice Juicy Grub
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#6 Feeding the Chick at three weeks
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Thanks for looking.
More images can be seen at the following pbase site.

http://www.pbase.com/bilwil01/sandhill_crane_family_2008
 
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In your backyard? Arrrgh! You wouldn't believe the lengths I have to go to in order to photograph nesting sandhills out here!

Fantastic shots, btw, Bill - esp. the adult feeding the colt!

Sean
Thanks Sean;
They have grown accustomed to my presence and will come quite close.
I just sit down on the grass and shoot away.

awesome feeding shots.
Thanks for the kind words

Great shots, nice photodoc :smile:
Thanks Lou;
It has now been six weeks since the chick hatched. It has been great having them around.

Lucky you, and great shots too.
Thanks Glen;
I have had lots of practice in the past few weeks.

Lucky you Bill! Beautiful shots!
Thanks Anthony;
It is normally slow here in the summer, so it has been a real opportunity having them nest and raise the chick here.
 
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Wonderful shots! Keep the chick's progress reports coming.
Thanks Alex;
I hope to document it's growth until it's flying.

Great shots. That baby is so cute.
Thanks Art;
They are so small compared to the adults.

What a strock of luck. Great photos!

Les
Thanks Les;
I'm glad they were close by.

thanks for posting these........the Chicks are very cute indeed.
Thanks Gerald for your kind words.

Sure envy you .,,, fantastic
Thanks Russ;
I am grateful for the opportunity.
 
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Fantastic shots Bill. Love the baby shots.
Thanks Louie;
It's amazing how small they are when they hatch considering the size of the adults.

you must have one huge backyard,

wonderful shots btw
Thanks;
Our house backs up to a conservation area and a retention pond so we have lots of birds and wild life as visitors.
Not many are permanent residents. If I'm lucky the Sandhill Crane family will stay around until the chick can fly.
 
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Bill,
thats pretty extraordinary stuff and I'd be honored to have them nest in my backyard indeed. Nice work, congrats.
Kevin P.
Thanks Kevin;
It's been a fantastic photo opportunity. The Daily rains have limited my access to them for the last few weeks.

Oh Kevin, you lucky man! You must live pretty close to the water? Beautiful photos! Love the little baby - adorable! I gotta come down there one of these days!
Thanks Dianne;
It's like living in a resort, there is a small pond and a conservation area out behind the house. At different times there has been an assortment of birds and wildlife around.
 
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