fra·cas- a noisy disturbance or quarrel.

That describes the behavior of these two Sandhill Cranes along the banks of the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park to a tee. They were squawking and jumping up and down and running along the bank as only Sandhill Cranes can do.

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    1. Hi Barbara, Sandhills are intresting birds for sure very in both look and behavior. It is fun to some across and having them hang around long enough to draw is probably a challenge compared to taking a photo. Have a great weekend and thanks for taking time to give us some feedback.

  1. What a nice close capture of these two! Sounds like the mating ritual…of hey I know you, you’re mine! I love watching them dance and squawk at each other. They’re so skittish and shy it’s really hard to get a close up image taken here. I’ve been lucky only a few times. They should be heading my way soon. I’m looking forward to seeing them even from across a field this winter. 🙂

    1. Cranes are sure fun and interesting to watch and I hope yo can get out and get some good looks and maybe a close up photo or two when they are in your neck of the wolds this fall. Have a great weekend.

  2. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man

    Nice capture Mike. They for sure seem to be having quiet a conversation going on. I don’t think I have ever seen this kind of crane before, their heads are so pretty and colorful. Hugs

    1. These guys were talking up a storm to be sure and a few moments later jumping up and down like a toddler having at a temper tantrum. Always fun to watch the behaivor of the Sandhills Cranes. Hope you have a great weekend.

  3. This is so great! The title of your post amplifies the photo. I just love it. Nice to see more of the park than the peaks – which are excellent of course – but I appreciate that you are highlighting the other wonders.

    1. Thanks Crystal, There is so much more to see in the Teton than just the wonderful peaks. Animals and unique animal behavior abound. Thanks for the very constructive feedback as we do really appreciate it. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  4. Mike, there are lots of sandhill cranes in my neck of the woods. We see them a lot on our golf courses and they are so tame you can hardly get them out of the way. Sometimes you have to wait patiently on the tee box while they saunter by. I like to get birdies on the golf course but not that way! I really like the low angle of this shot and the story it tells.

    1. Wow, quite a different experience than I associate with these guys. I usually only have seen them in the wild where they are still a bit shy and fly away and squawk if you get close to then. Maybe it is because they really do not migrate through here and if they did they would be like the infinite number of geese we get grain on any exposed bit of grass. Hope you had a great weekend and enjoy your week ahead.

  5. They arrive here in Western Michigan in the spring and have increased in numbers in recent years. One of my favorite critters to photograph. Nice shot!

    1. Hi Jerry, we do not really see these guys floe to home here in Denver so it is rurally fun to run across them when out and about and not expecting them. We have dry ben to the Bosque Del Apache in NM a couple of time and seen them in mass and it was quite a sight. Hope your day was fine and thanks for the feedback and information. we appreciate it.

    1. Thanks LB, Sandhill Cranes are interesting birds aren’t they. Such little heads with sharp beaks on that big old body and the noise that groups of them makes is unforgettable. Hope your week is off to a great start.

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