I made it well and safely to Indian Lake Estates, Florida after an uneventful flight last night and was invited to go photograph a sandhill crane nest early this morning. Of course I jumped at the chance to go see these beautiful birds nesting despite a couple hours of sleep. What I didn’t expect was how close you can get to them without disturbing them or making them uncomfortable. I watched Artie carefully and followed suit as he took his time inching closer while watching the crane’s behavior. Never once was the crane startled or in distress.
Image: Arthur Morris setting up to begin photographing a sandhill crane on its nest in Indian Lake Estates, Florida, iPhone 7 Plus, by Amy Novotny
We photographed it for over an hour, capturing various behaviors of preening, nest building and sleeping. Occasionally other shore birds flew overhead and Artie called out the species of each of them, helping me become more familiar with my new subjects. I also got to test out my new wading gear as I was calf deep in water within minutes. One of my former patients gave me these amazing merino wool neoprene waterproof socks that are my new favorite clothing item!
Image: Amy photographing a sandhill crane on its nest, taken by Arthur Morris
Never once were my feet cold, a huge feat for me if you know me well. When the other member of the mating pair arrived, the nesting crane stood up and we got a peek at the two beautiful eggs! The crane walked around a bit before turning the eggs and sitting back down on them. It was a spectacular morning to say the least. What a great way to hit the ground running…