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Sandhill Cranes at the Cosumnes River Preserve, California

Sandhill cranes at the Cosumnes River Preserve, with the Sierra Nevada in the backgground.

Sandhill cranes usually arrive in October flying in huge flocks at high altitudes.

 

Sandhill crane

 

Gathering of Sandhill cranes

Sandhill crane impressing two females

Sandhill cranes

Sandhill cranes

Sandhill cranes

Juvenile Sandhill crane

 

 

Sandhill crane

Juvenile  Sandhill crane dancing

Sandhill crane family

 

Sandhill crane

 

Sandhill crane

 

Sandhill crane taking a drink of water

 

Sandhill crane

 

Sandhill crane with a golden corn kernel in the beak

 

Sandhill cranes

 

male Sandhill cranes in dispute

 

Sandhill crane with prey

 

Sandhill crane dancing

 

Sandhill crane

Sandhill crane: Hi! 

Sandhill crane

deeply stained sandhil crane

Sandhill cranes in dispute

Sandhill cranes

Sandhill crane probing for food

Sandhill cranes in flight

Sandhill cranes

       
 

Sandhill cranes on the march

 

Sandhill cranes

 

Sandhill crane juveniles

 

 Sandhill cranes with bands and a transmitter

 

   Sandhill cranes & Aleutian geese
 Sandhill cranes are monogamous.  Their courtship is impressive dancing or leaping  high up while flapping their wings.  Sometimes they would throw grass, sticks or rocks into the air.

The place where we saw these cranes was a perfect "stage" for their performance.

 

 

  Rock dancing by Sandhill crane

 

Rock dancing by Sandhill crane

 

Rock dancing by Sandhill crane

 

Rock dancing by Sandhill crane

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Copyright 1999 by Fritz Wilhelm, Zero & One,
Last modified: July 22, 2012