Sandhill Cranes Dancing, San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, California.
Sandhill Cranes dance. This dancing begins early in life, and cranes will dance as part of the interactions between potential partners. Partnered birds will continue to dance and this is thought to help strengthen the pair bonds.
Dancing includes various postures including bows and wing stretches as well as hops and jumps and short flights. Sometimes the birds will carry or present sticks to their partner.
BirdsCaliforniaGrus canadensisMerced CountySan Luis National Wildlife RefugeSandhill Cranegallery_central_valley
From 2013 Images