Thursday, July 21, 2011
This is a field sketch painted while crunched in our Toyota RAV.
Yellowstone still looks more like winter than spring. It always suprises me that cranes return to Blacktail ponds before the ice melts. Somehow the cranes find enough food while they wait for better conditions. While they wait there will be several cranes in the area. Later a pair or two will nest here and other will move on to other marshes.
We've been able to keep track of one specific crane for 15 springs at this pond. "Peg Leg" has only one foot, but two legs. Her gait is very distinctive. I've just posted some 'at home' sketches of pegleg on my blog: www.elvafieldnotes.blogspot.com