Two sandhill crane families in one day!

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I can’t believe I saw this family way out in the marsh off Alligator Alley trail.

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Mom was feeding the baby something. The baby couldn’t have been more than a day old. I think there was another egg on the nest. I could see the mom turning the egg. I have since heard the 2nd one was born and the family of four is doing well.

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These are all extremely cropped since they were so far out. It’s amazing how they survive with all of those alligators in the marsh. The parents must do a good job of keeping them away from the nest. As soon as the 2nd baby is born, the family is on the move. Usually heading up on the trails.

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This is the first baby born this spring at the reserve. I was leaving the reserve and saw them across the street wandering in someone’s yard.

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I think he sees me.

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“What are these big things for?” he says, looking at his feet.

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I guess his break was over. Time to get up and look for bugs.

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Still checking out those big feet.

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Looks like mom has a bug.

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Still keeping an eye on his feet. They looked okay and he was walking on them. Maybe he is just curious as they get bigger.

It’s always a good visit at Circle B Bar Reserve when you see 2 sandhill crane families. Even though things are getting quiet at the reserve, there are still lots of babies being born.

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15 thoughts on “Two sandhill crane families in one day!

  1. I’ve never seen Sandhill Crane chicks. Beautiful little fellows. By the time they get to Arizona, they are all big and grown:) Wonderful photos!

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