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Sandhill Cranes Nesting in My Backyard

Discussion in 'Birds' started by BillW, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    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
    Canon EOS 40D    ---    400mm    f/5.6    1/320s    ISO 200

    #2 Turning the Eggs
    Canon EOS 40D    ---    135mm    f/7.1    1/100s    ISO 640

    #3 Chick One Week Old
    Canon EOS 40D    ---    500mm    f/4.0    1/1000s    ISO 320

    #4 Hunting For Food
    Canon EOS 40D    ---    500mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    ISO 320

    #5 Chick Eating a Nice Juicy Grub
    Canon EOS 40D    ---    500mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    ISO 320

    #6 Feeding the Chick at three weeks

    Thanks for looking.
    More images can be seen at the following pbase site.

  2. 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!

  3. sjlarue


    Nov 18, 2007
    awesome feeding shots.
  4. Lou_C


    Jul 11, 2008
    Great shots, nice photodoc :smile:
  5. Lucky you, and great shots too.
  6. Lucky you Bill! Beautiful shots!
  7. Wonderful shots! Keep the chick's progress reports coming.
  8. ArtO


    Jun 14, 2008
    Great shots. That baby is so cute.
  9. What a strock of luck. Great photos!

  10. thanks for posting these........the Chicks are very cute indeed.
  11. russowl


    Jun 9, 2008
    Sure envy you .,,, fantastic
  12. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    Thanks Sean;
    They have grown accustomed to my presence and will come quite close.
    I just sit down on the grass and shoot away.

    Thanks for the kind words

    Thanks Lou;
    It has now been six weeks since the chick hatched. It has been great having them around.

    Thanks Glen;
    I have had lots of practice in the past few weeks.

    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.
  13. Fantastic shots Bill. Love the baby shots.
  14. thrdprophet


    May 13, 2007
    Modesto, CA
    you must have one huge backyard,

    wonderful shots btw
  15. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    Thanks Alex;
    I hope to document it's growth until it's flying.

    Thanks Art;
    They are so small compared to the adults.

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

    Thanks Gerald for your kind words.

    Thanks Russ;
    I am grateful for the opportunity.
  16. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    Thanks Louie;
    It's amazing how small they are when they hatch considering the size of the adults.

    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.
  17. Bill,
    thats pretty extraordinary stuff and I'd be honored to have them nest in my backyard indeed. Nice work, congrats.
    Kevin P.
  18. 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!
  19. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    Thanks Kevin;
    It's been a fantastic photo opportunity. The Daily rains have limited my access to them for the last few weeks.

    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.
  20. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Absolutely amazing.... I'm pitchin' a tent in your backyard ;) 
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