Right in the middle of town near a busy highway and several busy shops is a drainage pond. And there in the middle on a very little high spot is a nesting Sand Hill Crane. She has had to try and build up the nest daily, as it is our rainy season and every afternoon we get tropical storms or quite a lot of sudden rain! Her partner helps her by bringing material to her and she adds it to the nest.
Here us a closer view. You can see her red head. Sand Hill Cranes are plentiful here and they tend to like open territory and you often see them in people's yards or near businesses. They are big birds, standing about 40 to 48 inches tall. They are mostly grey with red forehead and sometimes look rusty colored because of iron stains from pond water. They mate for life and you always see a pair together or with their offspring. Usually there are two brown spotted buff color eggs and the chicks are fluffy yellow things.! Click on photos to enlarge.