Sandhill Crane on nest with two eggs
I observed from a safe distance, a pair of Sandhill Cranes this spring. These Cranes went through a lot while mom would sit on the nest. They endured a cruel spring here in Wisconsin; rain, freezing rain, high winds, cold temperatures, and lots of snow. On the day this image was taken, the temps reached into the mid 60's; mom & dad decided to work a little on the nest. I watched the pair taking their long beaks & grasping the dried stalks of vegetation along with bits of muddy vegetation, tossing it over their shoulders on & around the nest area. When they felt they had enough new materials, the male walked off about 20 feet away & decided to preen himself, while mom took care of the nest detail & carefully arranged it to her liking. The female seeming to be satisfied with the nest, ever so gently lowered herself onto the eggs.
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