Friday, December 14, 2012

One last look

Before we head back up to colder climes, I thought I'd share a last glimpse of the wildlife we've encountered down south. On our way to a friend's home recently we had to stop as a group of 4 sandhill cranes strolled nonchalantly across the street. Against my better judgement, I was dissuaded from grabbing the camera to get some shots.

Later that day as I toured the neighbourhood in our friend's golf cart, I was rewarded for my earlier contribution to marital harmony by spotting another couple of cranes. These are frequent visitors to the golf course and are quite accustomed to people. I have read, however, that they can be aggressive if they feel threatened (and especially if defending their young) - they can stab with their sizeable beak and kick with their feet. No problem this day - they were focused on eating and I was focused on them.

[I will again be MIA for several days as we brave the increasingly cold elements on our trek north. I hope to catch up with y'all again next week]


Lisa Buben said...

What skinny legs they have to hold up their bodies. Amazing to see them close up. Enjoy the trip up north!

MARTY said...

De belles images ! ces oiseaux ont une joli tête mais un coup de bec
doit faire très mal !
bon voyage Rick !j'espère qu'il ne fera pas trop froid dans ton Nord !
je te souhaite de belles fêtes de fin d'année et t'envoie des bisous étoilés !

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos and interesting facts about them. I hope you have a safe drive back home and don't run into any storms on the way. Blessings, Pamela

imac said...

Magnifico my friend.

Lisa Gordon said...

These are such beautiful photographs, Rick.
Have a wonderful trip.
It is most definitely cold here up north!

Rosemary said...

It's true, sometimes you just have to leave the camera behind, but why it it always that when you do, something cool comes along... Great shots!

Joseph CarreraCaballo said...

I sincerely hope that this beautiful crane gobbled down the nasty critter of last time!

Darlene shares the above wish with me, I reckon . . . :-D



Lea said...

The legs look pretty skinny but should be strong to carry a big bird's weight. I love the read color highlighted around its eyes. God's wonderful creation.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are amazing shots.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Your captures of the birds down there are always so beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas back in the cold. I will be heading south middle of January. We have about 7 inches of snow now. Have a happy New Year also if I don't see you again.

Bitch said...

Wonderful captures! Incredible creators!!
Wishing a nice trip and a very good weekend!!!

Jana said...

beautiful pics, thanks for stopping by+leaving a comment! I just had a stroll through your blog, what a pleasure! happy sunday+lovely (approaching)holidays...

Magia da Inês said...

★ ♫♫

Fotos bonitas.
Bom fim de semana!

❊#ª“˜¨ ☆☆☆☆☆

Michelle said...

I have to agree with Lisa's comment. What skinny legs!

aussiebybirth said...

Well "All Nature Sings" couldn't be more appropriate. could it? What a blessing to see unclose and not in a zoo. Congrats on the opportunity, my friend.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Lovely shot here Rick. Hope you had a good safe trip back up north.
Wish you all that's good and wonderful voor de kerstmis.
Hugs Dagmar

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, wow, we don't have anything around here like that--or I've never seen them. Glad you were blessed with another opportunity to capture them.

mariiana capela fotografia said...

Wow amazing! :)

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, very nice closed up shot. Oh.. love the skinny legs. :)

Have a wonderful week ahead. See you next week. Take care and warm regards.