Been an exhausting day pounding out a 12 miler in the Jubilee hills and then breaking out the mower for the first cut of the season. To give myself a bit of a rest, figured I’d take a seat and crank out a quick post. I warned you in the last post that there were a number of Crane entries coming from our visit to the International Crane Foundation (link here) nestled near Baraboo, Wisconsin.
This colorful Crane specimen is referred to as a Wattled Crane and like the Blue Crane from the previous post, is a native of Africa. Half the population of these birds (total ~8,000) take up residence in Zambia – a mighty long way from Wisconsin! Unlike the Blue Crane, this particular species is on the other end of the stature scale. If I recall correctly the Blue Crane tops out in the 4 foot range. The Wattled Crane tops out in the SIX FOOT range. Yes, this is one of those Cranes you can view at eye level while standing (unless you are short of six feet in which case you are immediately demoralized having to look UP to a bird.
Hit the jump to see more shots of the Wattled Crane!