One of my husband’s favorite golf courses often has sandhills in the summer. One year he took me there in the evening. We rode around on a cart and saw turkeys and sandhills. The cranes were used to people on the carts so we were able to get fairly close.
It’s a beautiful course (Calderone, between Jackson and Chelsea on I94, if any Michigan people are looking in), and I got a lot of pics I was happy with. 🙂
So cool, to get that close to such big birds!
The turkeys were much more wary, but I got some pics of them, too.
We never see hundreds here in one place. But usually end up with a mating pair or two around our hay fields. And yes, they do raise babies which grow up super fast. I love to hear their “coo-cooing” sound that they make when talking to each other.
I used to live in the South Valley, and oooooh I miss the sight and sound of the Cranes strafing my house in the morning as they decided which way to head out for breakfast. I was home sick last week, and for the first time since moving into town I heard them, both morning and evening, and it actually made me cry I was so happy.
We don’t live very far from Arroyo del Oso golf course. I still can’t figure out why the cranes would bother with landing there because there is no food source but they do and it is so awesome to see them. The ones that come in huge numbers to the golf course are the Canadian geese. The sky is a very busy place there. On some mornings the poor model airplane pilots are fearful for their crafts because the big birds fly so close to them. Great shots. Thanks for sharing. The Olde Bagg, Linda