I checked in on the sandhill crane family recently, and Baby had grown quite a bit within just two weeks. (You can see my first post here.) While I was there, Baby was testing its ginormous feet, walking around the nest and swimming to shore then back to the nest. Both parents were there, including this one who was taking housekeeping to a whole new level. I couldn't help but think this was the female, as I watched her diligently move branches, grass and piles of mud onto their island nest. She was very intent on maintaining that soggy home as best she could. It seems a mother's work is never done, whatever the species. The apparent father was standing guard nearby, most likely watching for predators. Check out the short video I shot to see what I mean.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!