Sandhill Crane Nest Camera Highlights
Check out these short highlight videos taken from our live Nest Camera. As new highlight videos are created, they will be added to the top of this page.
Raccoon Comes Dangerously Close to Getting Eggs on Sandhill Crane Nest
A raccoon tries to strike at the eggs in this Sandhill Crane nest and almost gets to them. The female Sandhill Crane strikes at the raccoon and the raccoon leaves, crossing the water to join two other raccoons and wander off.
Night Preening and Tending of Eggs in Sandhill Crane Nest
Several times during the night, Sandhill Cranes need to tend to their eggs by standing up and turning them over. They also use this time to preen their feathers.
Geese with Goslings Swim by Crane Nest
As the Sandhill Crane sits on his nest, two geese with four goslings swim by.
Sandhill Crane Scares off Goose that Ventures Near Nest
This Canada goose ventures close to a Sandhill Crane nest with two eggs then gets chased away.
Mama Crane Wakes Up With the Sounds of the Wetland
Listen to the sounds of this wetland as the Mama Sandhill Crane wakes up in the morning, fixes some feathers and turns her eggs.
Turning the Eggs in a Sandhill Crane Nest
While incubating, Sandhill Cranes will periodically stand up, turn the eggs in their nest, preen, and fix the nest material. Cranes and other birds will rotate their eggs every so often to maintain proper temperature and embryonic development inside the egg.
Sandhill Crane Strikes Down Raccoon that Gets Too Close to Nest
This female Sandhill Crane won’t let anything get to her eggs in the nest she is incubating. Watch this Sandhill Crane thrust her bill and strike the raccoon that comes too close to her nest.
Changing of the Guard: Sandhill Cranes Switch Incubating Duties on Their Nest
Both parents of Sandhill Cranes take turns incubating their eggs and switch off several times throughout the day. When switching places, cranes often announce their switch with a unison call.
Sandhill Crane vs Raccoon
How a sandhill crane reacts when a raccoon comes too close to its nest.
The Laying of a Sandhill Crane Egg
Have you ever seen a sandhill crane lay an egg? Well now you can watch the process of a crane laying her second egg in her nest!
The First Sandhill Crane egg is Laid
This Sandhill Crane just laid the first egg in her nest within the last few hours. As she stands up, you can see the egg that she is already starting to incubate.
Sandhill Crane Nest Building
Watch this short clip of a Greater Sandhill Crane pair building their nest in Northwest Colorado. Both parents help to build the nest using material they find right by the nest.
Sandhill Crane Copulation
The act of copulation is quick for Sandhill Cranes like for other birds. The female is the one spreading her wings while the male mounts.
Sandhill Crane Unison Calling
Sandhill Crane pairs give unison calls for a variety of reasons. When calling, the male will point his neck and bill straight up to the sky and will call singularly while the female responds with two notes and points the bill more horizontally.
Sandhill Crane Threat Displays
Two different pairs are vying for territory. Watch as the cranes exhibit a rustle threat, crouch threat, and unison call.
Sandhill Cranes Waking up from their Night Roost
A pair of Sandhill Cranes wakes up from their night roost one cold April morning in Northwest Colorado. They spend time preening their feathers and calling before walking off.