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(The Sun)   The cutest picture of a sandhill chick taking a ride on his mom's back you will see all day   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 29
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2012-03-14 12:32:15 AM  
Sandhill Cranes are interesting birds. Their behavior is rather peculiar. I've seen them observe things and be altruistic.
 
2012-03-14 01:19:01 AM  
Sandhill cranes are fantastic birds. I used to spend a lot of time around them in a former life. They are some of the most devoted parents you'll see in the wild. And they make cool Jurassic Park sounds when they fly over your head.
 
2012-03-14 01:27:12 AM  
D'awww.

But you lose Fark style points for calling it 'cute' and not 'ugly-ass'
 
2012-03-14 01:43:00 AM  

Confabulat: They are some of the most devoted parents you'll see in the wild.


Damn that's true. When I was handing some food to two parents and a chick. The chick went for the food, but then the biggest one honked. The chick immediately stopped and looked up at the parent. Then the other parent quietly honked at the biggest parent. The bigger parent honked back, then ate a very small amount of the food out of my hand. Then the other parent ate a small amount of food out of my hand. The parents honked back and forth quietly. Then the biggest one honked to the chick, the chick looked at the bigest one and then ate the rest of the food.

I think actual complex communication went on between the parents which dictated the behavior of the chick.
 
2012-03-14 02:35:21 AM  
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The hell are you looking at ya' old bird?
 
2012-03-14 02:47:55 AM  

Makh: Confabulat: They are some of the most devoted parents you'll see in the wild.

Damn that's true. When I was handing some food to two parents and a chick. The chick went for the food, but then the biggest one honked. The chick immediately stopped and looked up at the parent. Then the other parent quietly honked at the biggest parent. The bigger parent honked back, then ate a very small amount of the food out of my hand. Then the other parent ate a small amount of food out of my hand. The parents honked back and forth quietly. Then the biggest one honked to the chick, the chick looked at the bigest one and then ate the rest of the food.

I think actual complex communication went on between the parents which dictated the behavior of the chick.


Yeah I've seen that sort of thing too. They do have a unique dynamic, usually a two-parent stable household with a single (maybe two) chick that never leaves their side. I think they mate for life, so I don't think there's a lot of cheating going on.

Compare and contrast with Homo sapiens at the Wal-Mart.
 
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2012-03-14 05:08:32 AM  
Wow. I rarely get to see the beginning growth of Doduo's second head. Awesome!

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2012-03-14 05:32:31 AM  
FTA: cock of the wall
 
2012-03-14 05:46:23 AM  
There's a pair of sandhill cranes that always comes back to my neighborhood every spring. Sometimes two, sometimes three or four. They walk around like they own the place. They are awesome birds.
 
2012-03-14 06:05:02 AM  
Mama giraffe is good with her baby too you know.
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2012-03-14 06:13:08 AM  
Me reading this damned article:

"Cute chick takes mum for a ride" Pffftchehehe...

"This fluffy chick is cock of the walk..." Bahahahahahahahahaha

/You know you've been on Fark too long when...
 
2012-03-14 07:07:51 AM  

Makh: Sandhill Cranes are interesting birds. Their behavior is rather peculiar. I've seen them observe things and be altruistic.


True. One time a sandhill crane noticed that my fly was undone and told me to zip up.
 
2012-03-14 07:08:47 AM  
If storks deliver human babies, what delivers crane babies?
 
2012-03-14 07:32:39 AM  
That is a great pic. Good find subby.
 
2012-03-14 07:51:50 AM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: There's a pair of sandhill cranes that always comes back to my neighborhood every spring. Sometimes two, sometimes three or four. They walk around like they own the place. They are awesome birds.


For a bird that is apparently a threatened species, there's no shortage of them here in Central Florida. I've always thought of them as being the assholes of the bird kingdom. They're incredibly loud and they seem to have no fear of cars. They'll poke holes in screen doors and put dents in your car just because they want to.
 
2012-03-14 08:13:25 AM  

HailRobonia: If storks deliver human babies, what delivers crane babies?


HOW IS BABBY CRANE ARRIVALS? idunno
 
2012-03-14 08:26:22 AM  

HailRobonia: If storks deliver human babies, what delivers crane babies?


Gnomes
 
2012-03-14 08:26:38 AM  
Sandhill cranes are LOUD. Also, when flying they remind me of the Mountain Banshee from Avatar.

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2012-03-14 08:31:25 AM  

Koolaider: For a bird that is apparently a threatened species, there's no shortage of them here in Central Florida


True enough if you get away from the coasts and head inland. Here in St. Pete, I'll never see a sandhill crane. But we have plenty of wild parakeets, which aren't nearly as cool. And way more annoying.
 
2012-03-14 08:38:50 AM  
There are a lot of sandhill cranes in Orlando and I always get great pictures of them at work. My dummy ex gf used to call them emus.

/they were everywhere in college
//and deer too
 
2012-03-14 08:59:13 AM  
I find it impossible to even believe there are no sand hill cranes in st pete, here in lakeland i see them all the time.
 
2012-03-14 09:07:41 AM  
There was a pair that lived beside my old house several years ago. They make a really nice wake up call around sunrise, you have to hear it after a night of heavy drinking to appreciate it. They are back in Michigan now and I saw a pair last night, without any little ones though. I didn't know about their parenting skills so I will have to look for that.
 
2012-03-14 09:25:32 AM  

fredsnake: I find it impossible to even believe there are no sand hill cranes in st pete, here in lakeland i see them all the time.


Nope it's true. Sandhill cranes do not like the salt air, I guess. Plus Pinellas County lacks the sort of open areas they like to live and breed in. Maybe some stop by Boyd Hill Park but I've never seen one there and I lived a few blocks away for years.

Now Lakeland? They love it out there.
 
2012-03-14 09:38:39 AM  
"Don't mind me, I am just practicing my Tiger Crane Technique. There is this White Eyebrow dude I have to kill."
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2012-03-14 09:50:10 AM  
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2012-03-14 11:54:57 AM  
Animals are awesome.
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2012-03-14 12:12:03 PM  
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2012-03-14 01:00:43 PM  
Why are they called Sandhill cranes? I lived in Nebraska for ten years and they'd show up for a maybe a month, but the rest of the time they'r either enjoying the summer in Canada, or the winter in Mexico, New Mexico, Texas, or Florida.
 
2012-03-14 01:02:38 PM  
Okay, that's adorable.

One of my birding spots has resident sandhills, and I always like getting pictures of them. They can get tetchy, though; I've had one take a jab at me as I walked past. Got my camera bag, but still, I'd hate to take a shot from that beak directly. They're especially bastardish when the chicks are young... It amazes me that people will hand-feed seeds to an easily-irritated bird that wears what is basically a sword on its face.
 
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