Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sandhill Cranes at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve

We were so surprised to see these beautiful Sandhill Cranes at HTP last week. What amazing details they have in their feathers! 

 

How many do YOU see? I think there is one hiding in the brush. (in the center of the photo)


Everyone come out for a photo shoot!

 

We have 48 hikes in for the year so far. 
(we did 50 last year so we need at least 2 more!)
 

I’m joining Tex for the

 
Happy Holidays from Florida!

30 comments:

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Interesting birds, and some I don't know that I will ever see in person. Have a great day!

cucki said...

beautiful day smiles :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the Sandhill Cranes. They are beautiful birds, lucky you! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Joyce Mayer said...

Merry Mountain Christmas. Still waiting for winter and snow.

Hugs

Diane said...

Neat to see those up close. We get them circling overhead in late fall and early spring. Good weather forecasters!

Elizabeth said...

Very nice!

ann said...

Wonderful photos. They are wonderful birds.We see the sandhill cranes here high above us in the sky riding the thermals, honking and talking. They actually spend time in Nebraska. Of course there is a big migration of people who go there,too, to see them. I think I'd like to do that this spring.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Those are gorgeous cranes Diane. I sent you a Christmas card about a week and a half ago and I do hope that you received it by now. Just wondering. Do enjoy your day and the weekend.
Julie xo

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful birds! You certainly see some wonderful creatures on your hikes!

Patsy said...

How neat to see so much on your great hikes around Florida.
I can only wish!

Felicia said...

Oooooo they are good looking fellows.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You've got plenty of time to get in 2 more hikes! Take some more gorgeous pictures when you go. Love the cranes!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Wow, this crane is magnificent! I've never seen the red-headed ones before. I always love to see your nature pictures, Diane. You notice the most interesting things.

Enjoy the rest of the Christmas season, friend.

love, ~Sheri

TexWisGirl said...

how wonderful!!!

Christine said...

Oh well captured Diane! They are amazing birds I have never seen before! Well done you for achieving all those hikes! Just two more!
Have a lovely weekend!

Mildred said...

I really enjoyed these photos. Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Oh my gosh, they are amazing. Our internet connection has been awful for the past week or so, so no getting online to visit favourite places. Hopefully it has been fixed today and I can visit favourite places once again.

Carol Z said...

So enjoyed your photos. It's a rainy gloomy day in NYC and I enjoyed hiking in sunshine with you.

20 North Ora said...

The cranes apparently wanted to pose for you. Cute!

Judy

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

hey there Florida friend, enjoy your Christmas & have a real blast. rainy here in VA. take care. ( :

doodles n daydreams said...

Great shots of the cranes - and of course the fences by default.

Diana

Debby said...

Those cranes have their Christmas hats on. We had a gray crane on our itty bitty pond this week. Have a Merry Christmas.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Fabulous photos. We saw sandhill cranes in Wisconsin last year when we went back for Don's 50th high school reunion - they were everywhere - what a thrill to see them. I had only seen one lone one before - in a field in CA - must have been blown off course. They are one of the most exciting birds I've ever seen - just could not stop taking pictures of them. Enjoy the rest of your week my friend.

Gina said...

Diane, I thought of Lucille Ball when I saw your cranes. Such bright red heads! Thank you for sharing with us.

Susie said...

Diane, You sure get to see interesting creatures. They sure look tall. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Thammie TheDollMaker said...

While reading your post I could help humming my version of Mr Sandman by the Chordettes: 'Mr Crany standing so proud, looking beautiful ...'
Keep having fun!
Arlette

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

How fun to see these. Their red heads sure attract attention. How special to enjoy them while hiking.

Sam I Am...... said...

Beautiful birds and congratualtions to you 2 for 48 hikes!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW!!! I have never seen red headed Cranes !!! They are beautiful!!! And you seemed to be able to get up pretty close!!!

edenhills said...

Happy holidays to you too. Those cranes are quite pretty!