Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Crane on a Tree

So I've never seen a crane on a tree, but this morning my world (and my sense of this world) was shaken up once again by good old mutha nature. I was passing the tourist info bureau on the way onto Mount Desert Island when a large crane (heron) flew in front of me, and as I watched it settled in at the top of the tallest tree in the area. Now this really tells me one of two things; I haven't been that observant through my life or the crane in the tree is not a common sight. I thought of webbed feet and the difficulty of hanging on among numerous other things, but managed to grab a number of shots, the best of which I am posting here. I wish I had been able to get a few pictures of it as it started to fly away, but that's almost a complete other story. I would love to know if anyone has seen this sight before, so feel free to comment below. My mantra for this school year is "collaboration" so it all fits!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Charlie,

    Herons actually nest in trees. In medium size groups called rookeries. Weird isn't it! Get a hold of Sarah Orne Jewetts book 'The White Heron' and read the short story for a nice description of a rookery in Maine (and a good story). The birds are loud and usually end up killing the trees because of the guano.

    Herons/egrets et al do not have webbed feet. :-)