~ Sandhill Cranes ~ WPC: Pedestrian ~

My sister, Diana and I participated in a viewing of the reclusive Sandhill Cranes that took place in a blind established at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (RNWR) just 20 miles northwest of my home.

entering the viewing area

You can see the blind on the left as we hiked into the area.

We were part of a 30 person group who were transported by van through gated/no public access roads, then walked about a quarter mile (half k) to the viewing site.

view from the blind

A lovely evening.

Cranes on the mudflat

Cranes and friends on mudflat.

In other parts of the country, Sandhill Cranes are gregarious — not so in the Pacific Northwest where they are uncommon, and will leave the area if disturbed by humans.

tharee cranes

25X Lumix maxed out!

two cranes

7′ wingspan, 7 lbs mature


A flock just arrived to join the three I was able to get in focus!

Thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate through the Pacific Northwest in spring and fall. Diana and I had promised ourselves this adventure for three years — now we’re hooked! At dusk, as the group walked out more cranes flew in.  These photos are the best I could get with movement and low light.

three flying high

Three cranes at dusk.

cranes at dusk

Crane impressions.

birders retreat

Walking back after anything but a pedestrian experience!


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3 Responses to ~ Sandhill Cranes ~ WPC: Pedestrian ~

  1. Tom Schultz says:

    Nice pics of the reclusive ones. As you say, sandhill cranes are less shy about humans elsewhere. There’s a park near me (in Detroit) where you can approach them as long as they’re not parents with a colt.

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