This gallery contains 3 photos. A closeup of one of a pair of Sandhill Cranes. Captured at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in mid-April, when said cranes have chosen their nesting sites, and can be understandably protective, territorial, and aggressive while the eggs are being incubated.
The male and female can be visually difficult to differentiate. Here is a shot of the nest (situated in the middle of a very big pond) and eggsitter. Parenthood is a shared affair — it is not always the mother-to-be who sits on the eggs. She needs her bathroom breaks, too!
And the infamous yoga tree pose that I can never master. 🙂 I handfed some of these cranes late last year, but at this time of the year, they are understandably preoccupied with slightly more important matters — so it’s seed on the ground.