I was at Reifel this morning helping out at the Sandhill Crane nesting area. The lone colt hatched a week ago today. It was overcast with a light drizzle and only one other photographer in addition to myself and another volunteer.
Initially they were keeping their distance,
… but when I came back later they were closer to the benches and a few other people were now present.
We were treated to some good opportunities for close up shots …
… of the colt interacting with and being fed by the adult Sandhill Cranes.
The colt also provided chances for solo portraits while ambling through the grass. So far, it appears healthy and to be doing well.
A nice afternoon and good crowd at Reifel when I showed up to help out on the trails this afternoon.
The highlight today was a Rufous Hummingbird nest along the centre dyke trail. It was on an evergreen branch overhanging the slough visible from the lower inside trail. Another volunteer and myself spent the whole afternoon there with a scope and camera set up. With two young in the nest being fed, it was the source of much entertainment.
This video actually turned out better than any of my still shots.