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#1 PanHanNE

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:29 AM

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photo from Sept 2009

Fall migration, 2009

The white guy that is standing just down the hill/slope behind the Sandhill Cranes. Two views- same bird.

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#2 Hawk Henries

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:32 AM

Sure looks like a Sandhill except color. Albino??? Really hard to tell but it is really nice~

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:32 AM

It appears to be a leucistic Sandhill. Whooping have a black face crescent and are larger than Sandhill. This bird is about the same size as the surrounding Sandhill and has the red crown and face. Here are some photos I found on Google of a leucistic Sandhill (maybe even the same individual as your bird):
http://www.flickr.co...com/6793534927/
http://www.flickr.co...dad/6788971309/

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:35 AM

The white is striking!!

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:36 AM

Fascinating!
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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:45 AM

As to size, it is standing downslope behind the other cranes, and is larger, look at the first photo above (or 0143 below) for a comparison of "length" and "height" compared to the bird standing uphill in front of it.

I sure cant see any red on it. Here are the 4 photos I had, uncropped, unedited, very pixelated, and super bad, but no red.

http://www.gardencon...ds/100_0143.jpg
http://www.gardencon...ds/100_0144.jpg
http://www.gardencon...ds/100_0145.jpg
http://www.gardencon...ds/100_0146.jpg

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:01 AM

The shape of the facial marking is different from that of a whooper (having just looked it up!). As Liam said, theirs is a crescent shape. Also, you can't see much red in the sandhills, either, in those lighting conditions. At least I can't.
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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:09 AM

Pretty sure Liam is right, this is a leucistic Sandhill. Really neat bird, I'm jealous!

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#9 PanHanNE

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:41 AM

Liam most likely is correct. He usually is. :)

I know believe that that same year, there was a Siberian Crane spotted in the same area during the same week. I wanted to rule that one out, too.

I do not know what to look for in a Siberian.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:56 AM

To clarify a bit -- a Whooping Crane has a red malar area in addition to the red on the crown that you see on Sandhills. A Siberian Crane (I hadn't heard that one had been seen out there -- any further info?) would have a mostly black neck in addition to the red cap, and a black 'bustle'.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:58 AM

Actually, if it was 2009, wasn't that a Common Crane? In which case he'd have a black neck and crown stripe.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 04:11 AM

Actually, if it was 2009, wasn't that a Common Crane? In which case he'd have a black neck and crown stripe.



The Common Crane that was spotted in the spring of that year was photo'd, and you can see that photo here:
http://www.cranevall...t-Milk-Soap.asp

I can ask the gentleman that told me about the (I believe it was) a Siberian Crane when I see him again. It may be several weeks before I do see him again, though.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 04:24 AM

If there was a Siberian Crane, it either wasn't documented or the documentation wasn't accepted by the Nebraska Ornithologist's Union -- it's not on their checklist for the state.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 04:52 AM

Someone was pullin my leg, huh?

Leucistic it is.

Edit: Does that count as a seperate bird from a Sandhill Crane?

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:48 AM

Someone was pullin my leg, huh?

Leucistic it is.

Edit: Does that count as a seperate bird from a Sandhill Crane?


Not on your life list, but why not start a sub-category of leucistic birds?
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Posted 28 September 2012 - 01:31 PM

Not on your life list, but why not start a sub-category of leucistic birds?


thats would be an easy list for me, only a rt hawk (my Avatar) and a mourning dove for me so far :)
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