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Dancing Sandhill Cranes

Bow to your partner..

By: Pat Coate

I had the wonderful experience of watching two sandhill cranes “dancing” earlier this month. I saw them in a field in Ontario and they couldn’t have cared less that I was there. The dance was so much fun to see – full of bowing, leaping, running.

Jumping with joy

You could just feel the energy and joy of the dance.

Running with joy

Cranes “dance” year round but it is also part of their mating ritual. The cranes select a mate at age four and have been shown to remain with their mates for 25 or more years.

A quieter moment

And it begins again

I think this may be a little different than just a bow, as the crane would sometimes touch the ground with its bill and other times would not.

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One response

  1. It’s fascinating what some birds do! We also have a few of them around here, though I hear them more than I see them, and I’ve never seen them dancing. But their bugle-like call is amazing too. Love your blog.

    The Furry Gnome

    10 June 2013 at 3:52 pm

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