Sandhill Crane And Eggs
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A sandhill crane standing over a nest with two eggs with the Hillsborough River in the background.
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Sandhill cranes are large birds of open grasslands, meadows and wetlands, and can sometimes be seen in residential areas and roadsides.
Two subspecies of sandhill cranes can be found in Florida. A population of about four to five thousand non-migratory Grus canadensis - subspecies pratensis - live year round in Florida and south Georgia. These Florida sandhill cranes are state listed as threatened. A larger population of greater sandhill cranes spends winters in Florida and summers in the Great Lakes region. The two subspecies are indistinguishable from each other.
May 14th, 2013
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