Saturday, November 17, 2012

Great Salt Plains

This is an area in northern Oklahoma where salt water was once and the salt is all that's left.  The area also has a lake which is a huge stop-over for migrating birds and they are totally plentiful.
Sandhill Cranes, Whooping Cranes, eagles, hawks, Ruddy ducks, Canadian Geese, Snow Geese and Pelicans are all running through the state park for points south.  Here's a few of some of the Sandhill Cranes as they are congregating on a local field (much to the chagrin of the local farmer who has just planted his winter wheat with the sweet new morsels popping out of the ground that the Sandhills think is just for them!!!).  They are very skittish as the farmers are want to scare them away as much as possible.  But they are also tenacious and are just as fond of finding another field and another and another.  

 They are beautiful birds and are really graceful in the sky.

 And then every once in a while someone doesn't the get memo to wear his dress whites!!!!

 Another beautiful morning in the country (with modern wind turbines in the background!)

Also check out Walt's video of massive crane landing:

Click the picture above to view the video on the CWUAP Facebook Page.

There are some more pictures on his Facebook page (click here).

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