Sandhill cranes are a fairly common sight around here, but they are still exciting to see up close. They are about 4 feet tall and have striking red skullcaps and very long legs. Whenever I see them or hear their distinctive squawking/rattling cry, I'm reminded that they are a "dinosaur" bird: they haven't changed significantly in 10 million years.
As befits a living fossil, they walk with dignity and grace. And they do not hurry.
The guy behind me may have been frustrated by the delay, but I most certainly was not. It isn't often that I get an up-close view of the living past.
|Photo: Ducks Unlimited|