My intro to the Sandhill Crane

ICF webinar

Up at 2 AM this morning, soaking up the best quality research material as ICF’s Anne Lacey gave a superb summation of the 6 subspecies and 8 populations of the magnificent Sandhill Crane. Black night … lockdown … hey, my heart was singing!

What staggered me is the level of research and conservation effort that the United States puts into this thriving (mostly) species. Here in Australia, our own Brolga also seems to be stable or increasing, and its numbers are quite high (if only in the upper north of the country), yet it’s a bird that has no public or official recognition. The difference between the two countries is stark. I think I know why but need to talk to the experts.

I dream of Brolgas

Brolgas, photo by Ern Reeders, Jan. 28, 2020

On a recent five-day trip to southwestern Victoria, we saw Brolgas, in pairs and in a flock, a combined memory that can spark me to tears. My own photos are mediocre but for solace, I turn to a shot taken by the brilliant Ern Reeders (in the Victorian Birders group) (shot reproduced with permission, thanks Ern!) on January 28. Alert, resplendent, and immaculately non-human. I rejoice.