A couple days ago we went for a walk and spotted some sandhill cranes. Luckily I had my camera just in case. Shortly after spotting the big birds, we noticed another couple approaching with what looked like bags of bread in their hands. My first thought was oh they're going to feed the ducks. They passed up the ducks and tossed some bread into the air, and lo and behold the sandhill cranes flew right up to them. Apparently those big beautiful birds love bread. Who knew!
The family of sandhill cranes we happened upon consisted of six birds. They will typically be found in pairs. You could tell that some were more aggressive than others. A couple of the birds came right up to our neighbors, pecking at the bags of bread they were holding. It was quite the sight.
this one had an itch
I have to admit. The sandhill cranes scared me a little. They are almost 4 feet tall with wingspans up to almost 7 feet. Crazy! I suppose if you bring bread you're probably safe. They seemed to like it quite a lot. I'm looking forward to seeing these birds at least until they migrate to another location.
Have you ever been this close to a big wild bird?