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Old Feb 10, 2014, 8:54 PM   #1
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Default Our winter crop of baby birds

We have several bird species down here which build their nest and hatch their eggs in winter. I wanted to provide an update of our neighborhood baby bird situation. The Great Blue Herons and Eagles have hatched, and the Sandhill Crane momma is still sitting on the eggs, and the baby cranes usually hatch in February.

Please forgive the poor quality of the shots, as they are all pretty far away and require some heavy cropping.

Here are a couple of this year's crop baby Great Blue Herons:


Here are the baby eagles. The nest is just too far away to get a decent shot, but I have circled the birds to help you pick them out.


And our neighborhood Sandhill Cranes are due to hatch within the next week or so. Here is a shot of the momma crane sitting on the nest. Will post a shot of the chicks after they are hatched.
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Old Feb 11, 2014, 11:03 AM   #2
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Love that first shot. A face only a mother could love!

Looking forward to your Sandhill shots. We used to travel miles just to get a look at the Sandhill's when we lived in Utah. Don't think the come around here.

Nicely done Steve.
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Old Feb 11, 2014, 12:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Ken.
Its' always fun when you live in an area with a lot of the big birds. I know that on other forums there are often comments about traveling to see the Sandhill Cranes.

Around here they think that they own our subdivision. Remember how sometimes you see photos of ducks walking across a street while all the cars are stopped for them? That is how the cranes act around here. A family of cranes will walk right out into the street knowing that all the cars will stop for them; and walk right out in front of the golfers on the golf course, expecting the golfers to wait until the cranes get out of the way. LOL.
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Fantastic shots Steven, those are great and I not agree with you about the quality.

I would love to see the baby Sanhill Cranes in a week, please share it with us.

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Fantastic shots Steven, those are great and I not agree with you about the quality.
I would love to see the baby Sanhill Cranes in a week, please share it with us.
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Thank you Marcelo. Yes, I will try to get a shot of the baby Sandhills when they are hatched and moving about.

In the meantime, here is a shot of of last years baby chicks.
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Very nice pictures Steven.
Must have been some hunting with your camera to get these pictures.
Nice job you made!
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Thank you for looking and your comments Lordje. Fortunately the birds come back to the same place every year to build their nests, so I now know exactly where to go every year to get the baby bird shots.
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Feb 16, 2014 Update:

The Great Blue Heron babies are growing fast:




The Sandhill Crane chicks have just hatched. There are two little ones, but they are hard to spot in the reeds:
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Great shots Steven
Thanks for the updates
keep us posted
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Gotta love that first shot. ;-)
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