Well, who knew that Sandhill Cranes purred? Sefferdog and I were crouched on the ground at Circle B in Lakeland, FL letting a pair of Sandhills get closer and closer. This one was maybe 12 feet away when I started hearing a strange purring sound. After looking all over for the source of the noise, I realized it was the crane. I'll have to look this up but Wade and I are thinking it is some sort of courtship behavior. This photo has minimal cropping but I did have to downsize it for Blip.
Addendum: I did some reading and learned that purring is common when sandhills are feeling and occasionally when they feel threatened.
The trip to Florida is, obviously, off to a great start. We had a fabulous time at Circle B and look forward to tomorrow's adventures.
It's late and this photographer is on her last gasp, so over and out.