Thursday, August 5, 2010

Greater Sandhill Crane

Of the 15 species of Cranes in the world, one that is the most common in the Midwest, including migration routes through Northern Illinois and Wisconsin is the Sandhill Crane. On our visit to the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin, we saw a few Sandhills. The ones we saw were 4' tall  Greater Sandhills (Below, 7-31-10) in captivity, but the ICF boasts that they have had several wild Sandhills nesting on their grounds this spring.  There are also Lesser Sandhills that are smaller in stature at 3'-6" and also are more brown in their overall color.

2 comments:

Chesney said...

Aren't these the most amazing birds...I love when the migrate through Nebraska in the Spring...every year we make a trip to the Grand Island area to see them! I love that second image, the details in his face are great!

Gary Kurtz said...

Great blog. Great photos.