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Sandhill Crane   Leave a comment

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9552-Sandhill Crane-72Sandhill Crane (Whitewater Draw) — Image by kenne

Sandhill Cranes Landing At Whitewater Draw   Leave a comment

Whitewater Draw January 2014-961772-72Sandhill Cranes Landing At Whitewater Draw — Image by kenne

Gliding into land

Neck and legs sticking way out

What natural grace.

— kenne

Reflections In The Water   Leave a comment

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9628-Reflections-72Reflections In The Water (Whitewater Draw) — Image by kenne

We stand together

Reflecting togetherness

Legs in the water.

— kenne

Northern Shoveler At Whitewater Drew   Leave a comment

Northern Shoveler-2-72Northern Shoveler At Whitewater Drew — Image by kenne

 

Posted February 14, 2019 by kenneturner in Information, Photography

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Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw   Leave a comment

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw-Edit-2-blogSandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sandhill Cranes wintering in southeast Arizona and northern Sonora many have migrated from their nesting area in Siberia. 

Whitewater Draw is an Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Area is of state and regional significance as the primary wintering area for Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in Arizona and includes both the Lesser (most numerous) and Greater subspecies. Located in the southern Sulphur Springs Valley, cranes are coming from both the Rocky Mountain population and Mid-Continental population. The area also supports wintering Snow Geese (80-200) and a few Ross?s Geese (occasional to 40). Counts of Sandhill Cranes in early January have steadily climbed from 4,000 in 1991 to over 22,000 in 2008 at Whitewater Draw, with another 13,000 present 36 miles north in the Willcox Playa area, and another 600 present in the far north of Sulphur Springs Valley at Bonita, AZ, and 400 present in the Safford Valley near Duncan. The Greater subspecies breeds in the northern states of the continental U.S., and the Lesser subspecies, breeds from Alaska and eastern Siberia. (Source: Audubon.org)

Every year the town of Wilcox hosts Wings Over Wilcox — Birding and Nature Festival (January 17-20, 2019). Birds have been arriving for weeks now — the birds have their own schedule.

— kenne

Sandhill Cranes At Whitewater Draw   4 comments

Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area is located in the Sulphur Springs Valley in southeast Arizona. It consists of 1,528 acres and is owned and managed by Arizona Game and Fish Department. The area supports an average wintering population of about 22,000 sandhill cranes. Located about two hours from my home in Tucson, on December 30th I spent a couple mid-day hours photographing these large beautiful birds.

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(Click on any of the images to see a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Northern Shoveler Drake At Whitewater Draw   1 comment

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Quack!
They waddle round, they do.
They eat all sorts of things,
And then they quack.
By barn and stable and stack
They wander at their will,
But if you go too near
They look at you through black
Small topaz-tinted eyes
And wish you ill.
Triangular and clear
They leave their curious track
In mud at the water’s edge,
And there amid the sedge 
And slime they gobble and peer
Saying ‘Quack! quack!’

— from “Ducks” by F.W. Harvey

Whitewater Draw (1 of 1)-3 duck blogNorthern Shoveler Drake at Whitewater Draw (December 30, 2015) — Images by kenne

 

Standing On Thin Ice   Leave a comment

Whitewater Draw (1 of 1)-5 blog IIStanding On Thin Ice (Whitewater Draw 12/30/15)– Image by kenne

For the duck
standing on thin ice
is not risky at all.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — “The Duck”   Leave a comment

Northern Shoveler Duck-9636 blog framedNorthern Shoveler Duck Feeding At Whitewater Draw — Image by kenne

The Duck 

Behold the duck
It does not cluck.
A cluck it lacks.
It quacks.
It is specially fond.
Of a puddle or pond.
When it dines or sups,
It bottoms ups. 

— Ogden Nash

Birders Flock To Whitewater Draw   11 comments

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Whitewater Draw 3014-9558 blogSandhill Cranes spend the winter at the Whitewater Draw in southern Arizona. — Images by kenne

Whitewater Draw Painting   7 comments

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The Sandhill Crane
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The fields are alive with murmuring sound
I see the crane ever dancing around
They stand, they sit, all over the place.
like a babbling brook with a stony face.

When one takes flight they all follow suit
to the skys they twine with a bellowing hoot
Flapping, grappling on awkward stilts
painting the sky in patchwork quilts.

A new field awaits their homely roost
giving their journey a relieving boost
A stop in Nebraska just passing through.
Visitors pay homage to this sandhill crew.

Finding the sanctuary a yearly reprieve
until they decide to leap and leave.
Journey’s end to their timely stay
The sandhill crane must now fly away. 

Joni’s Muse

Capturing The Moment — Sandhill Cranes   3 comments

Whitewater Draw January 2014-2 blogSandhill Cranes  Coming In for a Landing at Whitewater Draw In Southern Arizona — Image by kenne

“Cleared to land on runway 2!”

More images of sandhill cranes to follow in future posting.

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