We recently took a couple of birding trips to view Sandhill Cranes. Though I wasn't pleased with the images on either trip, I will share some of the best.
There are several places in the Central Valley of California to view the Cranes in Winter. One area, called Staten Island, is owned by the Nature Conservancy and managed to benefit wildlife. Here Cranes, Geese, Swans, Ducks and other birds can be found foraging in the flooded fields.
It is not just to see the animals but see them interacting with the environment and each other.
If you watch the cranes for any time you are sure to see some interesting interaction.
Not far from Staten Island (an island formed by rivers and canals) is the Woodbridge Ecological Preserve, our next stop.
As the sun was setting, it seemed to draw the cranes attention, it was time for them to head to their night time roost. The crane's foot does not have grasping toes as do herons and egrets so they head to water for the night. If they stayed in the fields they would be prey for the coyotes and bobcats.
|Wave goodnight, Gracie|
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