Birds of a Feather: Sandhill Crane

There was lots of action in the sky over Merrillville this morning. I wonder where they come from and where they are headed? Apparently this area is a key staging area for cranes, however, they seemed confused flying in sporadic patterns. I thought to believe cranes migrated south for the winter. This is only the second time I have ever seen cranes migrating through this area. Last year being the first, around the same time in February.

My apologies for the low quality photos (grainy). When I started to hear the faint trumpeting sound in the distance, I knew it was the sound of the crane, so I quickly ran inside, grabbed my camera, which already had the long lens attached to it, but unfortunately in my excitement, I forgot to check my settings.

On the plus side of things, I did love the way I captured the sun hitting the underside of their wings and how it colored them in gold. Maybe some more cranes will fly overhead tomorrow so I can give it another try.

Side Note: We finally got a little taste of pre-spring weather in our neck of the woods with beautiful clear blue skies, the sun was shining, temperature reached 63 degree and lots of birds were flying about.  It felt so good to be outside and go for a hike. Today was definitely the perfect remedy for those winter blues. 🙂



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