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"Sandhill Crane"
Sandhill Crane:    Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye, in their 1988 publication "The Birder's Handbook", write "Heron comes from the Middle English name for 'herons'; Egret comes from the French and Old High German meaning 'small heron'; ... Crane comes from the Anglo-Saxon cran - 'to cry out'."

 
January ... Vancouver Lake Lowlands ...

Image, 2009, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Cranes, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 2, 2009. Canon S5.


February ... Sauvie Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2008, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Cranes, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road observation blind. Image taken February 23, 2008.
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Sandhill Crane, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road observation blind. Image taken February 23, 2008.
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Sandhill Cranes, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road observation blind. Image taken February 23, 2008.
Image, 2008, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Cranes, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road observation blind. Image taken February 23, 2008.


February ... Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington ...

Image, 2015, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge Image, 2015, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Cranes, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Overcast drizzly day with some steady rain. Image taken February 25, 2015. Canon EOS 60d, 300mm.


... dance ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

Image, 2015, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Dance" ... Sandhill Cranes, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Overcast drizzly day with some steady rain. Image taken February 25, 2015. Canon EOS 60d, 300mm.
Image, 2015, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Dance" ... Sandhill Cranes, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Overcast drizzly day with some steady rain. Image taken February 25, 2015. Canon EOS 60d, 300mm.
Image, 2015, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Dance" ... Sandhill Cranes, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Overcast drizzly day with some steady rain. Image taken February 25, 2015. Canon EOS 60d, 300mm.
Image, 2015, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Dance" ... Sandhill Cranes, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Overcast drizzly day with some steady rain. Image taken February 25, 2015. Canon EOS 60d, 300mm.
Image, 2015, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Dance" ... Sandhill Cranes, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Overcast drizzly day with some steady rain. Image taken February 25, 2015. Canon EOS 60d, 300mm.


March ... Sauvie Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2011, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Cranes, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken March 17, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Sandhill Crane, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken March 17, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Sandhill Cranes, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken March 11, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Sandhill Cranes, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken March 11, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


June ... Conboy Lake NWR, Washington ...

From the Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge website (2010):

"... Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of the two confirmed nesting places for sandhill cranes in Washington. Although the sandhill crane is the most abundant crane worldwide, it is an endangered species in Washington. The small population of the sandhill cranes that breed in Washington are members of the greater sandhill crane subspecies, which numbers only 70-80,000 birds throughout its entire range. Greater sandhill cranes need isolated, open, wet meadows, or shallow marshes on the edges of rivers or lakes. Open meadows allow them to see predators from a distance, but there is some indication they select nest sites near interspersed groves, perhaps for wind and storm protection. Each family may actively protect as much as 250 acres.

For centuries the Conboy Lake region has provided homes for cranes, but early settlers found it ideal for farming and cattle. To increase hay production, they partially drained Conboy Lake. Loss of habitat to such activities, along with hunting, took its toll on wildlife. By the end of the 19th century, journal entries indicate a scarcity of game—ducks, geese, and swans—in this area. Easily disturbed, cranes did not tolerate the increasing human population. Eventually, nesting pairs could not find suitable habitat. In 1964, Conboy Lake Refuge was established to preserve and restore this key habitat. Ironically, the refuge was not created for cranes. Yet, in 1979 one pair returned. Today there are 20-25 pairs. ..."


Image, 2010, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge Image, 2010, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Crane, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


October ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2007, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Crane. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 8, 2007.

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November ... Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Washington ...

Image, 2009, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Cranes "dance", Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Washington. Image taken November 28, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.



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