Saturday, August 11, 2018

Mr. & Mrs. Crane and Junior

I drove into the Pruitt Trailhead at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve last Sunday morning and this is the FIRST thing I saw.

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The Sandhill Crane Family

I parked under a shade tree, grabbed my camera and went all around following this happy family around.

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Luckily they were taking a leisurely Sunday stroll and I was able to keep up with them!

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I noticed that one of them was MUCH bigger than the others!

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But I really could not tell that one of them was a young one until I got home and looked at my photos.

He was a paler color overall and the red on his head was more of a peachy color.

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HEY wait up everybody!

I should have know by his behavior! He kept falling behind!

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It was a beautiful morning and even though it was hot I managed to get a short hike in.

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We are hotter and dryer this week so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get out in the next few days. I need to start another craft project! lol

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And on that note, I would like to thank everyone that commented on my last post HERE! I wrote about my volunteer job at Legacy Hospice House. I was so happy to be able to finally share it with you. You are ALL such wonderful friends…so encouraging and supportive! Thank you SO much for your kind words! Sweet Hugs, Diane

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

37 comments:

BCAUSEHELIVES.blogspot.com said...

I sure enjoyed the hike with the cranes this morning....they are fascinating to me. Love the one picture of the one running to catch up! Have a nice Saturday.

Arlene Grimm said...

We had a cormorant on our pond yesterday . He kept us entertained diving and flying around.my sister got some pictures of him.

Susie said...

Diane, I love the Crane family. :):) The one trying to catch up , probably the young one. So cute. I can tell how very tall they are, by the photo of the one by the picnic table. Wow. Blessings to you for a fabulous weekend, xoxo, Susie

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is cool to be able to take a walk with the cranes. They are beautiful big birds. Great series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks also for the comment on my post.

Weekend-Windup said...

It was nice to see the series of Sandhill Crane birds:)

veta said...

It's good to know you were having fun watching them.
Have a great weekend.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It has been so hot here I haven't enjoyed being outdoors at all! Love the photos as always. Hugs!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful photos! The cranes is so special.
Happy weekend!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

sandhills ROCK

Carla from The River said...

I also like sandhills, I love the call they make.

Inger said...

Seeing all your wonderful pictures and those walking trails makes me want to move to Florida. Then I remember the humidity, which I couldn't handle when I lived in Princeton, NJ, so I guess I'm better off here, smoky skies and all. Love all this though!

Jean @sonotorganized.com said...

Beautiful photos of the Sandhill Cranes. How neat that you were able to walk along with them.

RedPat said...

Going for a walk with the cranes is a dream come true!

Bob Bushell said...

Hi Diane, they are great, walking slow as they do.

Tom said...

...wow, those are some serious birds. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

they look so regal strolling along,

Ann Thompson said...

I've never seen cranes other than in pictures. This looks like a great place for a walk

Maggie Ann said...

The cranes are so graceful! What a treat that must have been to see and photograph them. You are a good blogger, & always have interesting posts!

happyone said...

Nice to see the cranes out for their daily walk. : )

Jeanna said...

It can't be easy to work for hospice care, good for you.
I just saw four cranes on my street yesterday although usually by now the kids have gone their own way, with maybe a third crane hanging out with mom and pop now and again. As much as I see them they are a fun combination of weird and elegant to still make me smile.

Terri D said...

Sandhill Cranes are really interesting to observe. You took some great photos! I'm happy for your new job and hope you are able to share some with us. I know you are a blessing to many!

Jenn Jilks said...

They are so big! Good for you for getting out to walk!

Debbie said...

a GREAT series of images and i enjoyed your commentary!! it is good to have a few craft projects to work on in this super hot weather. we are hot and humid here in new jersey and now we are getting rain. i always have inside things i can work on, and sometimes welcome a day indoors in the a/c!!! have a happy sunday!!

Kathy said...

What great photos. I had no idea cranes were so large. Good for you getting out to take a walk. It's way too hot for that here. Even the kids are not outside playing.

Linda said...

What a great family!

BeachGypsy said...

You got some really good pictures of them! i love looking at those long-legged cranes and they are so tall!! Hope you're having a great weekend down there. It's a quiet one here. Been thrifting alot. I should put up a post of my finds.

Phil Slade said...

Now I could manage that. Sitting in the car and watching a family of cranes. I find that a car is simply the best hide for photographing birds. And with a handy window on which to rest the lens.

Anni said...

You have sandhill cranes? In August? Lucky you...they haven't arrived here yet.

As always, thanks for linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin'

carol l mckenna said...

Love your 'strolling companions' and great photos!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores
aka (A Creative Harbor)

A Colorful World said...

Taking a morning walk! Neat photos!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is always such fun to see the whole family out together! It’s hot here in inland Oregon too, if that makes you feel better! We are at the Coast camping tho ...and it is much cooler!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow, Diane, they are really large birds! I've never seen one in person although I know they migrate through parts of Colorado. Your photos were great!

Vee said...

Papa Crane must be taller than you! Interesting post. 😁

Jeanie said...

I love the Sandhills. These are beautiful photos.

Louca por porcelana said...

Great pictures,I love them!Hugs!

Lowcarb team member said...

So special to take a walk with the cranes!
You have some lovely pictures here Diane, thanks for sharing them with us.

All the best Jan

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh what a glorious day and the cranes - my favorite. One of the best things about our trip to Wisconsin a few years ago for Don's 50th high school reunion was seeing hundreds of sandhill cranes - not all at once - but they seemed to be everywhere.

I'm back to blogging now, after a month and a half off - hope to catch up on my favorites. I spent the last week and a half being very ill - but I think I'm almost human again - a visit from our grandson certainly helped cheery me up.

Love your header - happy week my dear.