Saturday, March 5, 2011

Morning of the Sand Hills

She thinks we can't see her...
We were sitting down by the lake having morning coffee with "the kids" visiting from Michigan when we heard the unmistakable call...CLOSE.  There was the pair of Sand Hill Cranes in the field across the street from the house.  They have been in the area for a week or more but never on this block.

Why did the crane cross the road?
"Hey, you, behind the tree..."
I grabbed my camera as fast as I could.  Fortunately the zoom lens was already on so I saved a couple of moments there.  From a "blind" behind a palm tree I started snapping and they started coming closer.  By the time they stepped into the road in front of the house I didn't need the zoom fully extended.
"I see you!!!"

"Hey, you, behind the tree..."

They kept coming and I changed positions as they entered the front yard.  For 4 years we have had a pair of metal, decorative Sand Hill Cranes in the planting in front.  The REAL Sand Hills went for it and I got the pictures I wanted of the real and statue cranes.
Do they think the statues are real?

Do they even SEE the statues?

You can see their size here

The big birds wandered past the truck and on to other parts of the neighborhood.


Greenfingers said...

Just amazing LL. I enjoyed this post and photos so much- especially the photo with the statues. That would be worth sending to the local newspaper surely?

Gabby Faye said...

That is an idea, Jill. The TC Palm likes to print nature photos AND PAYS FOR THEM. I probably split the $17 payment with you.

Rosie Goins said...

These photos were worth the wait. They are great.

Tora´s Vintage Dream said...

These photos are just amazing LL, you are a great photographer LL, Go on do send them to the TC Palm and get some money LOL LOL that´s a great idea.

sammawow said...

Wow, you did get some incredible pictures of those Cranes! Beautiful shots, indeed!

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