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Sandhills On A Stroll

Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, Florida

Sandhills On A Stroll

This image of a new sandhill crane family was taken in late March at Circle B Bar Reserve. We learned about this reserve from visitors to our booth at a nearby art festival (and it is where Nancy saw her first bobcat).

With over half a million birds, the sandhill crane is the most plentiful crane alive today. The Florida subspecies (Grus canadensis pratensis) numbers only 5,000, and like the Mississippi and Cuban subspecies, is considered endangered. Interestingly, these are the three subspecies that do not migrate. It takes two and a half years for sandhill cranes to reach their adult plumage. Juveniles do not have the red crown and their neck is more tawny (brown).

Sandhill cranes mate for life and start breeding when between two and seven years old. They live around twenty years. Females usually lay two eggs, but typically only one nestling survives to fledge. Juveniles will be with their parents up to ten months.

In another example of how we learn from our visitors, we had a framed version of this image hanging in our booth when a lady asked Nancy if she knew how old these chicks were. Nancy, being born, raised, and living in Miami, which is south of the sandhill crane's range, was not intimately familiar with their life history even though we have seen plenty of sandhill cranes on our travels throughout the state. She guessed the chicks were maybe two weeks old. Turns out they are only about two days old. Apparently the chicks hit the deck running and grow fast.

For different views that include sandhill cranes, check out these images:
Sandhill Cranes and
Whooping Crane with Sandhill Cranes.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 115mm. Flash was used off camera (as described in the last paragraph of this blog post). Camera was on f/11 for 1/125 sec at ISO 250.

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  Print details: maximum size Medium Printed Estimated
  Fine Art Paper 16" x 11" 25" x 17"
  Canvas N/A 36" x 24"

Currently In Stock

Although we can print to your specifications any size up to the above limits to the nearest 1/16" with any mat and moulding combinations, the below prints are available immediately:

Print Number   Description Price (includes sales tax & shipping)  
#19 Matted Sandhills On Stroll 19 matted 15"x11", red inside white mats (outside 20"x16") $110
#21 Matted Sandhills On Stroll 21 matted 15"x11", Bambi (tan) mat (outside 20"x16") $88
#17 Framed Sandhills On Stroll 9 or 17 framed 16"x11" print, black inside gray mats, conservation non-glare glass, dark brown driftwood (outside 241/4"x191/4") $242
#20 & #23 Medium canvas Sandhills On Stroll gallery-wrapped canvas 24"x16"x11/2" $318
#24 & #25 Small canvas Sandhills On Stroll gallery-wrapped canvas 18"x12"x3/4" $204