Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sandhill Cranes at Jasper Pulaski Habitat, IN

A group of friends met at Jasper-Pulaski on Saturday to view the Sandhill Cranes before many of the Sandhills head south for the winter. While small groups of Sandhills are present on this well known patch of grass all day, masses of them congregate there at sunset. A comprehensive article on the Sandhills at Jasper-Pulaski can be found at the link:

Just before sunset, this small group of Sandhills were seen doing their bonding dance.

As the sun began to set, strings of Sandhills came in from all directions, circling and parachuting in for a landing.

This continued through the sun set and into dusk.

In the morning, the Sandhills make a mass exit from the grassy field, and fly to nearby fields to feed. Just about anywhere you walk or drive within Jasper-Pulaski you will see Sandhills flying or congregating.

On the way home, I took advantage of a missed lane change on the highway to photograph a few downtown Chicago landmarks.
The Wrigley Building