A pair of Sandhill Cranes walked up onto the dike in front of us yesterday morning as we were looping back from a nice bird walk (see egret pics too).
My husband John and I were walking where the retention ponds are located just off Green River Parkway in Jensen Beach. We’ve been going there a lot lately.
Whether stepping singly across a wet meadow or filling the sky by the hundreds and thousands, Sandhill Cranes have an elegance that draws attention. These tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds breed in open wetlands, fields, and prairies across North America.
We see cranes often in this area of Jensen Beach, with a section of the Savannas Preserve just across the parkway. They also like to visit bird feeders in people’s yards around here, or walk along roadsides.
They are so big, which such magnificent wings.
They mate for life.
When we arrived at Green River I told John, “I’ll be happy if I get a good photo or two of a Sandhill Crane today.”
Never fail to notice when your wishes come true!
One of the fishing piers at the west causeway under Jensen Beach bridge, looking north at the Indian River Lagoon. Guys were netting fish. A couple of members of the heron family were lurking nearby.
Little Blue Heron on a light post.
Great Egret near the boat ramp.
Both heron and egret appear to have breeding plumage still.
Looking toward the mainland, I spotted an Anhinga drying its feathers, its back to the sun, in classic Anhinga pose.
Feathers and palm fronds.
An Osprey was fishing the Indian River Lagoon. That’s the Florida Power & Light nuke plant in the distance.
Osprey, boat traffic on the Intracoastal, and Nettles Island.
Anhinga was not happy with the dog and me being so close. We gave it some room to keep sunning.
You can almost count its feathers from this angle!
Little Blue Heron on a piling behind the Snook Nook, Jensen Beach. I was there yesterday to buy my husband a gift certificate for his birthday.
Gulls and pelicans on the pier, attracted perhaps by the pungent odor of bait.
Lizard near the parking lot.
From the Snook Nook you can see the bridge from Jensen Beach to Hutchinson Island.
A small, dark heron arrayed in moody blues and purples, the Little Blue Heron is a common but inconspicuous resident of marshes and estuaries in the Southeast. They stalk shallow waters for small fish and amphibians, adopting a quiet, methodical approach that can make these gorgeous herons surprisingly easy to overlook at first glance.
And, my, what big feet they have.