Sandhill Crane (34)
|2nd image from my visit to Pensthorpe Wildlife Park , another of their amazing Crane collection this time one from the other side of the pond in the USA the Sandhill Crane(Grus canadensis) probably one of the better known cranes because the main species is not as endangered as the other species in fact it is still allowed to be hunted in the "Correct" season, though there are a couple of subspecies that are more localised like those on the Island of Cuba and florida and the Mississippi Sandhill Crane (G. c. pulla) classed as Endangered do not need to migrate as they live in warmer clims to start with.|
The Sandhill Crane is a bird of marshlands prefering to breed in swamps but where their are larger numbers they will nest on solid gound near to water.Food is very varied frogs , fish and insects,small mammals, but also water vegitation and seeds form part of the diet. Most populations are migatory to warmer parts for the winter, and they travel in family parties of the two parents who mate and stay together for life which in the wild can be 25years and the present years youngsters , this way the youngsters learn the routes to the wintering grounds far away. Though it can be upto 7 years before the young ones find them selves a mate.