Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Nesting Sandhill Crane

The resident pair of Sandhill Cranes at the George C Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary have nested on a small man made island again this spring (as they have the previous two years). In the image above the female Sandhill Crane sits on the eggs to incubate and protect them from predators, including numerous Bald Eagles, Hawks and Merlins in the area. During this time, on the trail nearby, the male Sandhill Crane spends most of his time feeding and cleaning his plumage.

After waiting a short time near the nest (on a nearby trail), the female Sandhill Crane got up to turn the two large eggs. She took several minutes to complete this task before once again covering up the eggs.