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Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2018: July: Jul 12-18
2011: Alpacas    ...scroll down to share comments
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2014: Loving the Big Lake    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Robert Schwarzkopf
2018: Sandhill Crane and Colt    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Paul Nelson
2018: At the Seney Wildlife Refuge    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Paul Nelson
Sandhill Cranes and Colt    ...click to play video
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 04:37 pm:

Looking back today, there were some cute critters and some current ones, too. Back in 2011, Brenda Leigh spotted these three Alpacas grazing in a field while riding her bike, so she stopped to take some pictures. They had just been sheared, so in a sense had their summer haircuts. They sure are cute critters.

Robert Schwarzkopf and family were here visiting in 2014, stopping at some of their favorite places. The four-legged family member, Sophie’s favorite spot is on the shores of Lake Superior, where someone can throw a stick for her to swim out to retrieve.

We jump ahead to this past weekend, with Paul Nelson of The Creator’s Hand Photography, who was visiting the Seney National Wildlife Refuge and as he was leaving, spotted a pair of Sandhill Cranes and their two colts. He was able to get a couple photos of one of the colts with the parent, right from the window of his car. Paul pointed out that the evening light was just beautiful for capturing photos.

Today’s video from Claire Herzog gives us a look at a pair of adult Sandhills and their colt from 2013. It’s fun to watch them in action, strutting around in the field.

By john mich (Johnofmi) on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 05:04 pm:

nice video. what are they eating?

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 05:53 pm:

(Ooops, see below.)

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 06:28 pm:

Cranes and their colts?
That's one I haven't "herd"; I'm going to have to research that!

Speaking of "herd", a long time before there was a Wikipedia, I used to collect terms of venery, common collective terms (such as "herd" and "flock") for some animals.

Some of them seemed so delightfully appropriate, like:
• A convocation of eagles.
• A flamboyance of flamingos.
• A parliament of owls.
• A mob of kangaroos.
• An ostentation of peacocks.
• A tower of giraffes.
• A chattering or murmuration of starlings.
• A committee of vultures (while resting)¹.
• A herd, siege, sedge (or sege?) of cranes.

¹ that kind of reminds me of this pair of vultures:
Many of these terms are now shown here …
(click →)Wikipedia: List of English terms of venery.

(Venery being an archaic word for hunting — hmmm, perhaps there's a connection there with venison ?!).
FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 07:05 pm:

Lest I forget, here's another fun "Collection of collectives(?)" …
(click →) The Collective Nouns¹; originally contributed by Leslie (Leslie_in_tx) in Cam Notes, on Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 07:17 pm.
These are not all related to venery:
• An aarmory of aardvarks?
• An attitude of teenagers?
• A balance (or audit) of accountants?
• A brace of orthodontists?
• A candle of tapirs? (Groan!)
• A shortage of dwarves? (Groan!)

¹ May contain a number of 'indelicate' terms, but it has been posted here before, as noted above.
Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:02 pm:

Nice...it's amazing that they can stay up on those stilts.
"She's got legs, she knows how to use them" (ZZ)

By Richard J. (Dick_fl) on Friday, July 13, 2018 - 06:55 am:

I prefer a murder of crows.

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Friday, July 13, 2018 - 08:08 am:

Richard J.- Are you referring to Lindi Ortega or the novel? Just curious.... ?

Personally.... "Copperhead Road" Steve Earle is the CD in my truck currently.

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