Sandhill Cranes in the snow in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County Wisconsin on February 25, 2017

While birding in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County the highlight was a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the snow. They looked cold as temperatures were around 20 degrees. I noticed too a good part of the time I observed them they stood on 1 leg. Maybe they don’t particularly care for standing in the snow. Some preening was done but very little. Before I left the area one stuck it’s head under the wing and rested, but left an eye open. A cloudy day with a few flurries on and off with a steady breeze from the northwest bringing in that cold air. Images were taken on February 25, 2017.

The pair...

The pair…the painted ones…

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One resting with the eye open...

One resting with the eye open…

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A few snowflakes…

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Cleaning the snow out of the toes..

Preening

Preening

Preening

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 snow in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County Wisconsin on February 25, 2017

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    I vote with the cranes: Let’s get on with spring! Nice photos, Jim.

  2. peggy Lison says:

    Nice Jim, subtle beauty. . .

  3. Tami Anderson says:

    Beautiful photos–thanks again Jim.

  4. Sara Sonntag says:

    Beautiful Jim! Glad it is a little warmer today.

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