2022—Unexpected Surprise

When Captain Nate whizzed through the middle of a large field of water lilies I didn’t expect to find a nesting Sandhill Crane on a nest built on a floating clump of lilies. But there she was. The crane immediately stood up, stretched her long legs over the nest and stepped into the shallow water revealing a single egg in the nest. She immediately began to forage and root through the lily pads extracting pieces of reed and sludge from the water seeking something to eat and completely ignoring us. Florida Sandhill Cranes do not migrate and they live there year-round home. Still, it was an unexpected surprise to encounter this large bird nesting among the water lilies.