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Winter guests..Sandhill Crane slideshow

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  • Winter guests..Sandhill Crane slideshow

    I just spent a week in Ocala to drive my horse and was fascinated by the huge Sandhill cranes who winter there. The horses seem to accept them easily in their world so i figured they are fairly harmless as long as you respect their space...wrong. Let the slideshow serve as a warning <g>

    Touchstone Farm. Visit us at the slideshow of our Dutch mares and foals below! 30 mnutes of photos.

  • #2
    Oh my God - that is an absolutely terrific slideshow!!!!!!!!!!!! Bravo!!!!!!

    When I watched it all I could think of was that it was the Crane's version on an old man shouting to a bunch of annoying kids - GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the laugh on the godawful cold snowy day. Lucky you to see those magnificent cranes up close. A little too close......
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling


    • #3
      ROFLMAO!!! Loved the slideshow...the music was perfect!

      I spent 2 weeks in Wisconsin this summer and saw sandhill cranes up there...I'd never seen one before, we don't have them in Ohio. I should say I more heard them than saw them...they would be out at 6:30 am while I was hand-grazing patients and made the most ungodly noises. Now I'm glad I didn't get too close!

      Adams Equine Wellness


      • #4
        Yes they are terrorist!! We had a family that lived here and its was fun at first. We mistakenly fed them. Then they would peck us for food. They would hiss at me. Then they got made about the truck and trailer in the yard and was pecking the truck. I am sure anyone driving by thought I was some crazy person chasing the cranes with a pitchfork. Then we got a dog and they are usually only out when he is in or keep their distance!

        They have weaned the baby, so not its just two.

        Here are my pics:

        I think everyone should be able to see this even if not on facebook.
        I love cats, I love every single cat....
        So anyway I am a cat lover
        And I love to run.


        • #5
          Thank you for posting that. My farm is under their flyway in Texas, and I see them migrating in the spring and fall. I always hear them before I see them. Their collective call is astonishingly beautiful. It brings tears to my eyes. I shout at them to be careful and have a good trip.

          Here is them as I see them overhead. This is not my video, but this is a good picture of how they look and sound. They ride the thermals in a swirling pack to gain altitude, then form a v for long distance flight.

          Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.


          • #6
            ROFL...you know they're evil when they have red eyes! Great slideshow!

            *OMGiH I Loff my Mare* and *My Saddlebred Can Do Anything Your Horse Can Do*


            • #7
              oooh, I hate those fire ants! Thank you for sharing the slideshow.
              "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach


              • #8
                Wonderful slideshow! Thanks for sharing.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Touchstone Farm,Ky View Post
                  Let the slideshow serve as a warning <g>

                  that was great!

                  Tamara in TN
                  Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                  I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.


                  • #10
                    Sandhills sometimes stop here if the sloughs in spring are of appropriate size and twice, whoopers have stopped. Between cranes and snow geese, it can get pretty loud for a couple of weeks. Yes, stay away from water and shore birds, they are NOT nice.

                    Can't see your pics, string and tin cans have poor transmission of photos
                    Founder of the Dyslexic Clique. Dyslexics of the world - UNTIE!!

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                    • #11
                      Awesome slide show!
                      stained glass groupie


                      • #12
                        Beautifully done. Really enjoyed that!!

                        Sorry you had to fall into a nest of fire ants to bring it to your fellow COTHers though….
                        "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork


                        • #13
                          Thanks for the slide show and the links. I don't think I would want to be toe to toe with those big birds! Sorry about the fire ants.
                          "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



                          • #14
                            Love your slide shows!!
                            I remember the one of the horses in the snow and also the cardinal and the mirror!
                            Beautiful pictures!


                            • #15
                              They actually live here year round. I really miss seeing and hearing Canadian Geese, but a flock of Sandhills makes up for it! Even the horses look up when they fly overhead, as they are usually pretty low!
                              Lori T
                              www.facebook.com/LTEquine for product updates on the lines I rep


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by FalseImpression View Post
                                Love your slide shows!!
                                I remember the one of the horses in the snow and also the cardinal and the mirror!
                                Beautiful pictures!
                                Yes! Yes! Gorgeous, all!
                                Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.


                                • #17
                                  Thank you for those. One of the things I love about COTH is when people bother to share their work. Very good pictures, amusing commentary. A Sandhill crane sighting is fairly unusual here in coastal BC and I had no idea they could be so unafraid and so nasty. Blue herons, masses of them.
                                  Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                                  • #18
                                    Sandhill cranes live at the farm all the time. Funny thing is that in the "girlie girls " pasture they look up and say "OH its them again".
                                    When they arrive in the youngsters (all boys) pasture, its mass panic. The boys think they are fire eating dragons!! And of course, it seems, they fly lower and make more noise before landing in their pasture. Gotta love them. But, NO, I would not challenge them.
                                    hunter/jumper ponies


                                    • #19
                                      Touchstone, that is an award winning slide show and I am still laughing.


                                      • #20
                                        Wonderful slide show - I love your captions!

                                        Where in Ocala were these pics taken?