We feel so privileged to see the sandhill cranes daily around Solivita and in our backyard. This spring, the arrival of the new chick seemed about a month late. We thought it was due to the extra cold weather we had this winter, but worried that something had happened to the eggs. There are coyotes around, also alligators, bobcats and even panthers. The last week or so, we kept seeing a single adult crane so we hoped that meant the other crane was nesting.
Yesterday, we saw the new chick on its first outing. Wait a minute, there are two chicks! Wow, our crane pair had twins this year. I admired them through the binoculors from across the lake. I hope my neighbors over there don’t think I’m a peeping tom.
Today they brought the twins over to our side of the lake. I ran out with my digital camera and snapped lots of photos. Even though they stay pretty calm and let me get within about 6 or 7 feet, my pictures weren’t the best. I get so excited, that at first I forgot to put it in the action mode to minimize blurring from the moving cranes. Then I wasn’t holding the camera as steadily as I should. Some were good shots though. I’m glad the cranes tolerate my paparrazi behavior so well.