Sunday, January 11, 2009

Curious Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes are numerous in the Lake Kissimmee region and show very little fear of humans. I photographed this curious bird from my car while parked along the Joe Overstreet Road, Lake Kissimmee Florida.

I understand from doing some internet research that these cranes were few in number when surveyed in 1986 with less than 500 birds making up the total estimated Florida population. Today they are said to number somewhere around 5000. If my research proves accurate then the Florida Sandhill Crane is one more wildlife management success story.


EG CameraGirl said...

That's good news! With so many birds in decline it's great to learn at least one bird is making a comeback. You took a lovely portrait of this sandhill crane.

DeeMom said...

awesome both the photo PLUS the crane numbers

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is a beautiful head shot.

Shelley said...

What a beautiful face you have captured! And glad to hear about a bird's population being up for a change!

ASHE said...

WOW! I hope this one makes it into the scrapbook :)

Michele said...

Golly, I am really impressed with this shot... very impressed!

Leedra said...

I heard the Sandhill Cranes come to East Tennessee for the winter and started doing some research. Found they have grown to around 12,000, they have been feeding them grain. Now because of the numbers they don't know how they are going to continue to feed the grain. Which I think is terrible since the cranes are used to it.

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Leedra said...

Whoops, this is an awesome photograph of the Sandhill, most photographs are so far away. Not ever seen one this close.

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Craig Glenn said...

I should get out more... lol.

I live in central florida but mostly do my captures on daily walks at work and the occasional outing on the weekend.

I see the cranes on the side of I4 often but its tough to get a photo that way.

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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thumbs up for success stories!! Lovely shot Coy.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Salty: Beautiful capture of the Sand Hill Crane. This is a beautiful bird for sure.