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Backyard Visitor
  Backyard Visitor
Backyard Visitor
Two sandhill cranes showed up in my backyard yesterday. I was on my way to walk the dog when I saw them (the dog was unsure about these 2 big birds!) I quickly took him inside and grabbed the camera. I went back out and took some photos then walked right by them and filled up the birdbath with fresh water. Also, I gave them a bit of bread to keep them around (of which they ate a little)This is one after drinking from the birdbath. This one was smaller (maybe the female?) and had a crooked beak.
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Liz Bullock
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3/1/2012 10:14:38 PM

Inge Linden
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Excellent captured!

3/2/2012 1:46:19 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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A wonderful visitor and wildlife capture!

3/2/2012 3:15:09 AM

Michelle Alton
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You took GREAT advantage of your good fortune. This is a fabulous portrait.

3/2/2012 3:23:09 AM

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3/2/2012 1:49:16 PM

Songbird Cline
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wow! what spectacular luck to get these guys in the back yard! fantastic image!!

3/20/2012 8:03:51 AM

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Thank you all so much for your kind comments! I haven't seen my backyard visitors again, but they are always nearby. Generally they fly over the house in the mornings and evenings and I am going to try and capture them in flight. I can usually hear them coming before I see them because of the sound they make. I was coming from the store on St Patrick's Day with my windows down and sunroof open and saw 3 flying against the most beautiful sunset-colored sky. I just didn't have my camera with me! I sure wish I had!

3/20/2012 11:18:18 AM

Thomas E. Hinds
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Beautiful image, Carol! What great detail! I love these huge birds. Every year I go to Bosque del Apache several times to watch and hear them! I've never gotten such a wonderful close-up! What a beautifully strange beak, too!

3/20/2012 7:23:40 PM

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A wonderful capture Carol. A very interesting looking bird. I have never seen one of these. Nice work!

3/21/2012 3:16:46 AM

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How funny, I have a little Butcher-bird coming in with a twisted beak just like this, I'll try & get a picture. This one sure is beautifully coloured, a great close-up=^..^=

6/29/2012 2:30:37 AM

Heather Loewenhardt
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Oh I love the look with the quirky beak.

7/8/2012 8:06:32 PM

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