By late August this year, the colts were close to being full grown, the color of their plumage the only obvious indicator that they were immature birds.
|Sandhill crane colt on left.|
|Note the lack of the red head and the still pinkish bill on the youngster on the left.|
Because these birds have taken up residence so near a busy trail network, they are quite tame and one can get very close to them. I have never known them to act aggressively or even look uncomfortable in the presence of people. This of course provides me with an opportunity to get some great close ups!