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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