I followed this pair of sandhill cranes for years, capturing photos at all stages for generations of this family. This photo is one of my favorites, because the frolicking colts and patient parents walking ahead and behind, leading the colts to forage, remind me so much of my own family on nature walks when I was a child.
MIghty big baby
At the local Cracker Barrel, a pair of sandhill cranes were hanging out with their baby, who is a big bird in his own right.
One-Month-Old Sandhill Crane Colt
Still covered with orange down (as it was on the day of its hatching), this one-month-old colt–now “towering” at 2 feet–briefly pauses to see if mom (or dad) has a tasty damselfly for it to eat at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Photographed in late June 2016.
We are Family: Sandhill Crane Parents and Colt
Now two feet tall, this one-month old colt feeds on damselflies and other insects at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary with mom and dad, the resident breeding Sandhill Crane pair.
Father Sandhill Crane and Colt
Privy to a special moment: Dad Sandhill Crane searches for wood bugs with his first hatched, a 3-day old colt. Photographed at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in late May 2016.