Sandhill Crane At Clearwater Lake #2
Photograph - Photograph
A sandhill crane on the shore of Clearwater Lake in the Ocala National Forest with the water and grasses of the lake in the background.
This image has been featured in the following groups:
A Birding Group - Wings,
Birds in Focus,
Wild Birds Of The World - Photography &
Wildlife One A Day
A large bird of open grasslands, meadows and wetlands, 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 Antigone 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.
Sandhill cranes have gray bodies, red foreheads and white cheeks. They are up to 120cm (~4 ft.) tall with a wingspan of 200 cm (~ 6-1/2 ft.). Males and females are similar to each other, with the males being slightly larger. Mated pairs remain together year-round.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
February 26th, 2017
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