A funny thing happened on the way to Florida.
We stop at rest stops when we drive down to Florida from Michigan...
because folks, it is a looooooong ride!
As we were pulling into one, right beside the freeway off ramp
there was a flock of sandhill cranes eating in the grass on the side of the rest stop road.
Well, I did what I HAD to do.....
I grabbed my camera!!!
So, put your feet up and relax, because I have a TON of photos for you today.
I think they are some of the most gorgeous birds I ever see, and they come to Michigan every spring too!
Be. Still. My. Heart.
Help me Rhonda, help, help me Rhonda!
I am in L-O-V-E !!
Well, HELLO, Lover....
(oops, sorry...I didn't know he already HAD a girlfriend!)
Preening. Preening. Always with the preening!:
"I can't believe this lady is standing here so long taking pictures of us! Gheesh!~":
"O.K. Lady, you've had enough. We'd like to get back to eating now, 'kay??":
They were most patient with me....
and I was most grateful for it. Now, I will greet them in the woods when they fly up to the U.P.
I hope they get here soon!
They are indeed quite beautiful birds - there is something so elegant about the shape of them.
when we lived in FL these birds would be everywhere..love to watch them walking around...dont get them up here...
You got some great shots.. they're wonderful creatures.
i live in Fl and have never seen a sight like this. i have only seen these birds once, and only 2 that time. these are amazing and the fact you saw them in a rest area.. well i NEVER
Wow. I don't think I've ever seen these birds before...and you had plenty of them to photograph! They are quite "royal-looking!"
Amazing shots! I can't believe there were so many cranes and they allowed you to do so many shots. They must have considered you one of them!
You are right--they ARE gorgeous!!! Thanks for these wonderful pictures.
Hi Joan, I think I've caught up on all of your blog posts now --but I didn't comment.
It's been crazy around here lately....
Great pictures of the Sandhill Cranes. My son saw them in winter near his home in Galveston, Texas.. He sent me a bunch of pictures --which I blogged about.
Are you kidding me? Are these real? Wow!
Your photos are always breathtaking. These birds are so graceful when in flight. Have a great day !
I've only seen these guys in zoos!
Very funny captions. LOL The neatest thing is that not only do they have orange tufts on their heads, but orange eyes too! How cool is that?
Love the song titles! Super photos of one of my favorite birds.
Oh my! This is most certainly a very special experience.I love all the pictures.
What a coincidence! We are traveling through Nebraska on the Sandhills Scenic Drive. The Sandhill Cranes come here every year and put on 2 lbs on their 12 lb frame before flying on their way! We saw bunches of them in the farmers fields eating the leftover corn. I only got shots of them from our moving vehicle. These are GREAT shots! Thanks for sharing them!
Wow, they are so photogenic. Lovely shots. Bad luck the handsome one was taken.
Nebraska is another area where they flock through during migration both ways. I suppose they are headed to the western border states. We have blue herons down here that we see regularly along the highway in a very boggy area along Beaver Creek. Maybe I can get some photos but the highway is so busy. Great shots as usual.
These are all superb...all the way down the page through the wood ducks and the hippo and the bird...
I love how the cranes have those bright orange-red eyes and a touch of warmth on their feathers. regal birds, indeed!
This is wonderful!!! We just got back from a vacation in Florida and saw some of these wonderful birds by some friend's home. Thank you for posting your beautiful photos.
Ruth from Oregon
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