I absolutely LOVE the image above.
The Sandhill Crane was making it's descent to the earth below. It looks like it is just stuck there, but it came down swiftly and gracefully~
Sunday morning I picked up my neighbor Wilma before dawn and we took off to Cecelia, Kentucky on the look for Sandhill Cranes. We met up with a friend Jennifer and her husband Jerry who live in the vicinity and know the roads well. It didn't take us long before we began to see them and then hear their beautiful song. There had been a couple of thousand the evening before and we spotted hundreds across the fields as we drove around the area. Wilma had never seen them before and so it was a real treat for her. Jennifer suggested that maybe we could make a loop around and see what we might spot. We saw a flock of Wild Turkeys and even a Leucistic Turkey was among them. We spotted a Bald Eagle though I got nothing to share of it. Then for my really big surprise was a female Northern Harrier hunting over a cow pasture... It was wonderful meeting Jennifer and Jerry and hopefully we can do some birding again in the not too distant future.
On Saturday my husby and I drove over to Lake Jericho and we saw a Bald Eagle making it's way just a bit beyond my camera lens capabilities as it flew along the wood line across the lake, still very exciting!
In this post you will also see two first year Eastern Red-tailed Hawks as well at the bottom a really neat encounter. I was driving down a very narrow lane when I spotted a Cooper's Hawk perched on an overhanging limb. As I made my way closer in my car with the driver's side window down, I finally was able to stop right up under this beauty and snap photos of it. I drove away as it was still probably wondering what kind of animal was making that clicking noise ;)
Well, I am off tomorrow for sunny and warm Florida. My first getaway in 2 years and I am beginning to get excited along with some apprehension. They announced longer waits at the airports and other things can also slow us down in having all flights with me on board take off. Please send up good thoughts and prayers.
You all be Happy and Blessed and stay safe~
Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after you have read the narratives~
I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
I'd Rather Be Birdin'Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'
Maggie's MOSAIC MONDAY
NOTE:As I write this entry, I got word last evening from KYBird that along KY Hwy 86, in Cecelia yesterday some 13,000 Sandies were seen along with one rare Whooping Crane which was confirmed easily with the entries photograph~