View Full Version : Probably Quebec,s rarest bird????

03-18-2013, 02:07 PM
Sandhill cranes.........


Mad Aussie
03-18-2013, 05:20 PM
I like how they are in sync with each other. From this angle they look like our white-faced herons.

03-19-2013, 07:08 AM
Nice catch, Larry. Too bad the background wasn't being cooperative.

03-23-2013, 06:07 AM
Nice capture LL, just wish it was a little bigger to see more clearly.

We have lots of these up here, and we are only 15 minutes from Quebec's northwestern border. They are increasing in population up here for sure., as you can see from the little info I have attached here.

In Quebec, the 2011 population estimate from the Eastern Waterfowl Survey (EWS) helicopter plots was 3 100 indicated breeding pairs. Interestingly, the EWS only surveys the southernmost portion of what is thought to be the core breeding area of Sandhill Cranes in Quebec. The 2000–2011 trend in the EWS survey area indicates an increase of 15.1% annually (C. Lepage, pers. comm.). During the 2011 survey of the southern Quebec Lowlands, another 400 indicated breeding pairs were estimated, in the lowlands of the Abitibi and Lake Saint-Jean regions. The 2004–2011 data show an increasing trend of 5.1% in the Lowlands (C. Lepage, pers. comm.).