Right place…right time?
Jodi: Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. Sometimes you just sense something is about to happen though you’re not sure exactly what. David and I were in the car one morning when I asked him to stop and turn around. I think he’s now accustomed to my immediate requests so, he no longer even questions why. He just did it.
David: Fortunately we were on a back road so I was able to comply. My own curiosity was piqued and I wanted to see what Jodi was seeing.
Jodi: I asked him to pull over so I could grab my camera. At this point he was wondering what I was seeing. We had just passed a couple sandhill cranes in a field in Seminole county. No surprise there…we frequently see cranes wandering about…sometimes right in the middle of city streets holding up traffic. David asked, “What did you see?” I wasn’t really sure, just that something didn’t seem right.
These are the pictures of what we saw after I was able to grab my camera. The pictures aren’t my best work, but I think one can get the idea of what was happening when I spotted them. All six of these shots were taken within a minute or two.
David: And, no, they weren’t fighting.
Jodi: Since there were no flying feathers and everyone seemed happy as they were leaving, you’ve no doubt figured out that we witnessed a mating ritual!
David: Or, at least, the denouement.
Jodi: On to the next stop!
So cool! Today, Gordy and I were driving by a field where there were a couple of sand hill cranes, and then…..in the middle of the adults….was the smallest baby sandhill crane that I have ever seen….I would guess 8 inches tall? Sure wish I could have stopped to take a picture….missed opportunity. Maybe you guys will get an opportunity!