On my way home from doing some birding in Milwaukee County it was a big surprise to see 2 Sandhill Cranes. They were foraging on a hilltop far off the roadway in old hay field on the south end of Waukesha, I stopped for a couple of distant shots. There were a pair of them. Considered rare birds for this time of year at this location. It was a day of fog, never did see the sun, on a few occasions it got brighter. The mild temps of near 40 felt great as we are only in January. The mild temps Images were taken on January 19, 2017.
Binomial name: Grus canadensid
Size: 46” long, 77” wing span
Weight: 10.6 lb
Increadably beautiful images of cranes and the hooded merganser! Thank you so much for your efforts and for sharing them.