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    Default Sandhill Cranes in Montana

    Five or six years ago, it was extremely rare to see a Sandhill Crane in this area, but they have been moving North and nesting here now in good numbers. Amazing birds. To my mind, there are three primeval sounds of nature --the howl of the wolf, the bugling of a bull elk, ...and the call of the Sandhill Crane.
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    Ken, these are stunning. Great work!
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    Default Re: Sandhill Cranes in Montana

    Nice, esp. #4!

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    Default Re: Sandhill Cranes in Montana

    great series indeed! #3 fav

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    Default Re: Sandhill Cranes in Montana

    Nice shots. We are headed to Montana next month. Mind my asking where these were taken and if you know how long they stay around?
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    Default Re: Sandhill Cranes in Montana

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDAZ View Post
    Nice shots. We are headed to Montana next month. Mind my asking where these were taken and if you know how long they stay around?
    Dave, They hang out until Fall, raising usually a single chick. These are from central MT, but I think they are widespread now over much of the state --but not in the mountains (although there are valleys that have suitable conditions, I'm pretty sure). They are basically a prairie bird and we have lots of that terrain. They hang out at night in wooded areas along streams and ponds, and that's usually where they nest. But they often forage out in the fields and grasslands. They like damp conditions, which suits the long bill for probing. Sandhills are quite shy. Sometimes, shots can be had from a car, and I've gotten a few that way; but they quickly walk away ...and with those long legs, it doesn't take long for them to get out of range. Most of my shots I've gotten on foot and wearing camo.
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    Default Re: Sandhill Cranes in Montana

    Great shots Ken, they are very cool birds, very rare here also, I am not sure I posted any of the shots I took of the pair that for some reason spent most of this cold winter in a creek just down the road from me, most times I saw them they were just resting in the creek, but did get pretty close to them, well within 50 feet of the road.. I never did get to hear them calling
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    Default Re: Sandhill Cranes in Montana

    Thanks Ken. We've sighted them outside Wilcox during the annual migration and up in Wisconsin at the Baraboo ICF facility there, so I know what you mean about their habits and habitats. We'll be traveling through quite a bit of Montana from Billings to Spokane, Glacier and Malmstrom AFB, so it sounds like there's a good chance we'll get to see some late next month.
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    Dave, Good luck on your trip; hope you enjoy Montana.

    Quote Originally Posted by JimUSNY View Post
    Great shots Ken, they are very cool birds, very rare here also, I am not sure I posted any of the shots I took of the pair that for some reason spent most of this cold winter in a creek just down the road from me, most times I saw them they were just resting in the creek, but did get pretty close to them, well within 50 feet of the road.. I never did get to hear them calling
    Jim, That must be a real mystery why the cranes spent a cold winter there; never heard of that sort of thing. Thanks for the comment!
    ~Ken

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