Sandhill Cranes in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County on September 23, 2015

Doing some birding out in the South Kettle Moraine today I came across a pair of adult Sandhill Cranes.  I enjoyed the show of two adults as they walked around, feed, went for water and preened. Turning more gray, they are going into their winter plumage. Soon they will congregate in large numbers at staging areas and then migrate to wintering areas in the southern US and Mexico. Other species to note from today, flocks of Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings and Killdeer. For the most part a quiet day birding with warm temps, sunny and next to no wind.  Images were taken on September 23, 2015.

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Preening

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Getting out those old feathers!

Getting out those old feathers!

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Preening

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

4 Responses to Sandhill Cranes in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County on September 23, 2015

  1. Ed says:

    Really enjoyed the Sandhill Crane photos. Thanks

  2. Joan Schrinner says:

    Really gorgeous photos of the Sandhills, Jim. I had no idea they were so colorful in the Fall.

  3. Ron Spitz says:

    Saw two last week in the So. Unit of KM, but not as close up as your photos. So beautiful this time of year….as always thanks.

  4. Tim says:

    I saw some cranes today, 3-29-2015, in the Kettle Moraine north unit, in Bear Marsh next to the Greenbush hiking area. They were squaking up a storm. Maybe mating? Could not get close enough to identify the type of crane.

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