Lunchtime for Sandhill Cranes
"Probably this is the same family that has been around the Community Gardens much of the summer," writes Mike Bailey, "Only one juvenile has survived, but it looks healthy. Now and then as they worked their way through the gardens, one or the other adult would feed the juvenile some tidbit, though the juvenile was doing most of its own foraging. The last two show one of the adults offering the juvenile a worm that it had plucked out of a compost pile."
I can see an expression of parental pride in the adult as the juvenile is positioning the big worms in his beak.
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