Here are some more of the beautiful cranes we saw when we visited the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, earlier this month.
All the photos in this post were achieved by shooting through a chain link fence. Although the camera did a fair job of focusing through the fence, you'll still see the blurred image of the fence in many of the shots.
|Brolga (also known as Australian Crane), preening|
|Red-Crowned Crane (also known as Japanese Crane)|
The Sarus Crane, pictured above, is the tallest flying bird in the world, standing at a height of up to 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m). It's a resident breeding bird in northern India, Nepal, Southeast Asia and Australia.
The White-Naped Crane breeds in NE Mongolia, NE China and extreme SE Russia, and also in the Amur and Ussuri river basins. They winter in Korea, S Japan and CE China, in the Yangtze basin.
|White-Naped Crane, head and neck|
Lastly, in today's post, is the Siberian Crane. These showed some aggression, including squawking and wing flapping, when people approached their pen. It was brief, and I didn't capture any photos of that behavior. But I liked the expressiveness of their faces.
Also known as Snow Cranes, adults are nearly all snowy white except for their black primary feathers, that are visible in flight, and their brick-red faces and pinkish legs.
There were four more crane species that we saw that day, which I'll feature in the next post.