The cranes usually don’t let us get that close to them on our trail rides, but we so enjoy seeing them and hearing their distinctive cry as they fly up and away. It’s nice to see them at your place as we wait for them to return in the spring!
I”m so jealous. I would love to have sandhill cranes in my yard. Hubby and I have rented a blind for a night on a North Platte up in Nebraska for late March to photograph them up close. And all you have to do is fall out your back door. 🙂
Oh that is fantastic, We have herons in the summer but they never come into the fields, they just hang out in the creek and the trees. Oh, are herons similar to cranes? Well this is a great shot anyway!! c
I found an excellent answer for you on the National Wildlife Federation blog:
“Egrets are really just a type of heron, while cranes belong to a separate group of birds…
The easiest way to differentiate herons from cranes for identification purposes is to look at their necks. Cranes’ necks are shorter than those of herons, and they typically hold them straight. This is particularly obvious when the birds are flying. Herons curve their necks into an “S” shape and when they are flying they pull them totally back, while cranes necks’ stick straight out. Cranes also have shorter beaks than herons.”