Precious Charge. Heavy Responsibility. Sandhill Crane on Its Nest.
This sandhill crane had just taken over duties on the nest from its partner. It inspected the eggs, but didn't seem to turn them completely. It then turn, fluffed, settled, rose up, and repeated the process several times before finding a position over the eggs it felt comfortable with. Not more than fifty feet away, a mute swan sat on its own nest in this same small side arm of Wildwing Lake.
DP116-2015 Posted Sunday, April 26.
Seeing this was a special thrill for me, since I had never seen a sandhill crane nest, much less observed the nesting pair switch duties, thus exposing the eggs to full view.
Taken April 24, 2015 at Wildwing Lake, Kensington Metro Park, Michigan
Title: Precious Charge. Heavy Responsibility. Sandhill Crane on Its Nest.