The first time I went out to find the rare whooping cranes last winter they were so far away they looked like tiny white dots across a cow pasture. I stopped by again while I was over in the area and this time they were closer to the fence (although still pretty far out, these were all with my 400mm lens and cropped). They are the tallest bird in north America and one of the rarest birds. We have a couple that hide out in central Florida during the winter. They were hanging out with the cows this morning.
It was a warm morning and the cows were sitting under the shade just chilling out.
One of the cranes started slowly walking across the pasture towards a pond near the road. The other crane just stood there for a while.
Finally he took off across the field and joined the other one. I was so excited as he started to fly by, not caring that I was shooting straight into the sun. He landed and the couple started walking towards the orange trees and farther away. It was great to see them moving around as I stood by my car on the dirt road.
The cranes are quite gorgeous in flight. All the creatures are great to see 🙂
A lovely addition to ‘My Corner of the World’ this week! Thanks for linking!