Sandhill Crane Colt grows up

single-sandhill-crane-colt--8244A quick update on my post from March 22 Sandhill Cranes and their colts. It’s one month later and the colt that was knee high to the adults has legs as long as the adults. It’s outgrowing the rusty colored down feathers and growing its adult plumage and is foraging fore its own food while staying close to parents just in case a hand out is offered.

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Sandhill Cranes and their colts

First-look-Sandhill-Crane-family-with-one-colt-7965Sandhill Crane eggs have begun to hatch here in Florida. This week I watched this family for an hour as they meandered through the grasses foraging for food.

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Early morning dew from the grasses collected on the front of this one week old colt. They often flap their wings while walking to keep their balance until they get a little bigger and used to their long legs. They shadow their parents waiting to be fed and learning how to find food.

On the way back to the parking area I came across another Sandhill Crane family with 2 colts… they were on the way into tall grasses so we will have to wait for another day to tell their story.

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Great Blue Heron chick – 2 months old

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Since the last post on January 25 3 things you need to know about Great Blue Herons this chick has grown to the size of the adults and should fledge soon. Unfortunately the nest mate of this one did not survive, it is likely the vultures had nothing to do with its demise.

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