Above you see sandhill cranes walking up the incline from the field below where they initially landed. Unless they are migrating, sandhill cranes spend more time walking than flying, ever alert for danger as they search for foraging opportunities. The cranes have just flown in from their roost at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge. In this field they are attracted to an area where silage has been stored and have been feeding on it for several weeks. The sandhill cranes have created the mud you see in the images below by probing the ground with their long beaks.
Next: Order in the feeding territory!
Links and resources:
To see all the posts in this three-part series visit: Wintering Sandhill Cranes
At my companion blog, Vickie's Sketchbook: Sandhill Cranes and Art
Sandhill crane art in my website galleries