Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sandhill Crane Migration

Slowly, the Sandhill Cranes are lifting off in pairs and the like to begin their long and arduous journey back to their nesting grounds in Canada, leaving Kentucky and Indiana behind.

Checking the birding websites as I do daily, I read the posts from individuals who leave comments regarding the daily sightings of the Cranes as they fly overhead toward points North.
Reportedly there are six to seven thousand Sandhill Cranes in and around Ewing Bottoms and Mustatatuck NWR. However, they are migrating north which leaves the farmers in South Central Indiana to begin preparation for planting their Spring crops. I am grateful for the farms fields which fed and watered the Cranes as they overwintered there. The Cranes will be gone until late November or December. I hope they will fair well on their migration north and return in good health and in abundance bringing young adult Cranes with them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those families who lost family and/or friends on the Malyasian Airlines plane that perished in the South China Sea today. I truly hope terrorism was not a factor.

Have a wonderful Sunday evening. I'll be back soon. ENJOY!


  1. Beautiful, here in NZ the Godwits leave in march, fly 10,000 km to the coastal areas of China and Korea, There they stock up on food, and fly the remaining 6000km to Alaska. Amazing, that they all know when to leave, where to go, and how to find their way back again. love your photos. Hope the Cranes all fly safely. I too, have many caring thoughts for all in the plane and family and friends on the ground. Cheers, Jean.

  2. I don't know how you manage to capture these wonderful flight shots! The definition of the feathers and the lighting are spectacular.