The cranes that live and nest where I work hatched 2 babies again this year, about a week or so ago. It’s been hard to get emotionally invested in the family after last year’s heartbreaking loss of both chicks (presumably to traffic accidents, though nothing definitive is known). But they are so darn cute, I had to take these photos as the kids were feeding and walking around with their parents. Here’s to hoping they stay safe and grow strong.
My wife and I were distressed to discover one of the crane babies seems to be missing and presumed dead. Now that the chicks are getting so big, the family unit has been foraging farther away and crossing the very busy main road to find food. For some reason, they have never tried to walk further onto the property here at work behind the buildings (away from the road). We’ve been worried one might get hit by less than attentive or (unfortunately) evil drivers. For the past several days now, only one chick has been seen with the parents. It’s possible the other chick met a more “natural” end: disease, gator, choking. Whatever the case, I hope the remaining chick stays safe and the parents stay healthy enough for another brood next year.
The crane babies are getting really tall and losing their fluffy down. They are nearly as tall as Momma. They seem to be venturing a bit futher from Momma now and again, too. Momma was nearby, but I didn’t see Poppa anywhere today.
I got a couple of shots of the crane babies this afternoon. Look how tall they are getting!