Dancing with the Cranes

Posted on by Melissa Penta

On my last day in Florida, I had one of those “right place at the right time” moments that came very unexpectedly. We were just getting back from checking out a boat that my boyfriend’s grandpa just purchased when he realized that he forgot something in it. I asked to be dropped off at a spot near home where we knew a Great Horned Owl was roosting. I was looking at some fresh pellets when I heard some commotion from Sandhill Cranes behind me.

Sandhill Cranes

They were doing a mating dance! I snapped a few photos of them, then quickly ran across the field to get in a better position. It was tough since houses surrounded this little field, but I managed to get a bunch of good ones. The whole thing went on for only about a minute, but I think I got some keepers out of it.

Here is the Sandhill crane dance…

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

And then, just like that… they went off to another spot.

Sandhill Cranes

I did not find the Owl, but this moment certainly made up for it!

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  1. Jon Corcoran on

    Melissa, exceptional Blog Post !! love all the photos .. but 4, 7, and the second-to-last are my absolute faves .. I hope you share them :-D

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