Photo Study of A Common And Some Sandhill and Hybrid Cranes In New Jersey

I went to Bridgeton, New Jersey on February 3rd, 2008 to try and photograph the reported Cranes. I got there at 7:30 AM, could hear them but couldn't see them because of the thick fog. Actually, it was so foggy for the next couple of hours that I couldn't see the end of my arm. Frustrated, I headed for Brigantine at 9:30 AM. Brigantine was also foggy would you believe? It lifted about noon and I hung around Brigantine until 1:30PM when I headed back to Bridgeton with no real expectation of seeing the Cranes. I introduced myself to the home owner and while we were sitting in his family room, the Cranes flew into the field adjacent to his corn field (4:00PM.) He and I then drove out onto the field and we were able to photograph the birds from about 70 yards away (using the car as a blind)...not great shots but pretty good under the circumstances.

In any event, in addition to the Common or Eurasian Crane (Grus grus) in the flock of sixteen birds, there appeared to be at least four hybrids and eleven Sandhills. Also, there have been debates as to whether the Common Crane among these birds was an escape or not. There was a reported escape from NY State farm a few years ago. However, this one known, documented escape had a withered, crippled foot and the Common Crane seen in these photos does not.

Please click on the captions or the thumbnails below to see a larger image...thanks!

CommonAndSandhillCranesFeb3_08_01.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_01.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_02.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_03.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_04.jpg

CommonAndSandhillCranesFeb3_08_01

CommonCraneFeb3_08_01

CommonCraneFeb3_08_02

CommonCraneFeb3_08_03

CommonCraneFeb3_08_04

CommonCraneFeb3_08_07.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_08.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_09.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_10.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_11.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_07

CommonCraneFeb3_08_08

CommonCraneFeb3_08_09

CommonCraneFeb3_08_10

CommonCraneFeb3_08_11

CommonCraneFeb3_08_12.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_13.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_14.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_15.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_16.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_12

CommonCraneFeb3_08_13

CommonCraneFeb3_08_14

CommonCraneFeb3_08_15

CommonCraneFeb3_08_16

CommonCraneFeb3_08_18.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_19.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_20.jpg

Group1Feb3_08_01.jpg

Group1Feb3_08_02.jpg

CommonCraneFeb3_08_18

CommonCraneFeb3_08_19

CommonCraneFeb3_08_20

Group1Feb3_08_01

Group1Feb3_08_02

Group1Feb3_08_03.jpg

Group1Feb3_08_04.jpg

Group1Feb3_08_05.jpg

HybridCraneFeb3_08_01.jpg

SandhillCraneFeb3_08_01.jpg

Group1Feb3_08_03

Group1Feb3_08_04

Group1Feb3_08_05

HybridCraneFeb3_08_01

SandhillCraneFeb3_08_01

SandhillCraneFeb3_08_02.jpg

ThreeSandhillCranesFeb3_08_01.jpg

ThreeSandhillsCranesFeb3_08_02.jpg

 

 

SandhillCraneFeb3_08_02

ThreeSandhillCranesFeb3_08_01

ThreeSandhillsCranesFeb3_08_02

 

 

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