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The Sandhill Crane storybook Of Palmetto Florida 2007

This is the love story of Sam Hill and Ima Sand known as the SandHill Cranes of Palmetto Florida


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I like my new nest!
I like my new nest!
What was that?
What was that?
What!!!!!!!    Did you just say you will be here every day with that camera?
What!!!!!!! Did you just say you will be here every day with that camera?
Honey .......is this the right size, shape and color?
Honey .......is this the right size, shape and color?
Okay!  Just a quick peek!
Okay! Just a quick peek!
My precious Valentines!
My precious Valentines!
Darn!   Which is which again?
Darn! Which is which again?
Move this one here!
Move this one here!
and this one there!!
and this one there!!
Yes honey,  I'm coming!
Yes honey, I'm coming!
Oops  this stick is out of place!
Oops this stick is out of place!
Giving you the evil eye!
Giving you the evil eye!
Bottle brush!
Bottle brush!
Changing of the guard
Changing of the guard
Hey!   Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey! Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I see a little light coming in!!!!!!
I see a little light coming in!!!!!!
Morning!  So you would like to know what happened last night?
Morning! So you would like to know what happened last night?
Yep! They got out!
Yep! They got out!
These do make a tasty breakfast!!   Great source of Calcium!
These do make a tasty breakfast!! Great source of Calcium!
Okay Okay!  I have an announcement to make!
Okay Okay! I have an announcement to make!
Something to Honk about!
Something to Honk about!
hellooooooooooo
hellooooooooooo
Someone get lost?
Someone get lost?
Ok here goes!
Ok here goes!
Egg shells are good for you!      YUM!
Egg shells are good for you! YUM!
What did you find dad?
What did you find dad?
Hurry Hurry  Dad has something yummy!
Hurry Hurry Dad has something yummy!
Beddy bye time!
Beddy bye time!
Hurry Hurry I see the Boogie Gator!
Hurry Hurry I see the Boogie Gator!
You feel like a nice feather pillow Mom!
You feel like a nice feather pillow Mom!
It sure is dark in here!!!!!!
It sure is dark in here!!!!!!
He is back Mom!
He is back Mom!
Where? I dont see him!
Where? I dont see him!
See this here son........quite tasty on crackers
See this here son........quite tasty on crackers
Hey..........Dont push me!
Hey..........Dont push me!
If you push me again I'm going to whack you!
If you push me again I'm going to whack you!
OUCH!   MOMMIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OUCH! MOMMIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SHE  started it mom! ....................                        No  HE pushed me first Dad!
SHE started it mom! .................... No HE pushed me first Dad!
Still there?
Still there?
See!!!!!!    I'm almost as tall as Mom!
See!!!!!! I'm almost as tall as Mom!
Mom..HEY MOM......Are you really asleep?
Mom..HEY MOM......Are you really asleep?
Yeah !   In your face!
Yeah ! In your face!
Bug  breath!
Bug breath!
Dance like a butterfly  sting like a bee!
Dance like a butterfly sting like a bee!
Buzzzzzzz buzzzzzzzz
Buzzzzzzz buzzzzzzzz
Karate kid!
Karate kid!
Let go!!!!!!!
Let go!!!!!!!
No fair playing dirty........Your feet stink!
No fair playing dirty........Your feet stink!
Am I cute or what!!!!!!!!
Am I cute or what!!!!!!!!
These don't melt in your hands kids!
These don't melt in your hands kids!
I like the blue ones better Dad!
I like the blue ones better Dad!
Howdy!
Howdy!
How did you find us?
How did you find us?
Is that hard to do Mom?
Is that hard to do Mom?
I'm tired Dad.........can we go now?
I'm tired Dad.........can we go now?
Not so bad! ...... Just a little squishy around the toes!
Not so bad! ...... Just a little squishy around the toes!
Another evening in paradise
Another evening in paradise
Yes!  They are annoying!
Yes! They are annoying!
Yep he is in there!
Yep he is in there!
Mom told me you are in there!
Mom told me you are in there!
I see you.....I see you
I see you.....I see you
I am watching the rear Mom!
I am watching the rear Mom!
Peek a Boo!
Peek a Boo!
2 Weeks old today!!!!!!!!!!!
2 Weeks old today!!!!!!!!!!!
Bummer huh Kids!  Lets just eat the bait!
Bummer huh Kids! Lets just eat the bait!
Run run run! ...... Moms only a beaks distance ahead of us!
Run run run! ...... Moms only a beaks distance ahead of us!
Lickity split! ......... Dang! Mom won again!
Lickity split! ......... Dang! Mom won again!
Mailing a letter to the International Crane Foundation
Mailing a letter to the International Crane Foundation
You see!  Just peck it hard enough and it opens right up!
You see! Just peck it hard enough and it opens right up!
WHAT!    This is against federal law?
WHAT! This is against federal law?
I don't care if its a law or not!   I don't like you!
I don't care if its a law or not! I don't like you!
I don't  like the way you looked at me!
I don't like the way you looked at me!
So who is yo daddy now?
So who is yo daddy now?
Yes I am one BAAAAD dude!    My photo is among the Most Wanted at the US Post Office!
Yes I am one BAAAAD dude! My photo is among the Most Wanted at the US Post Office!
Let me see if I can catch this one!
Let me see if I can catch this one!
What do you think it is?
What do you think it is?
Its the boogie gator!   ruuuuun!
Its the boogie gator! ruuuuun!
Okay Sancho Panza!
Okay Sancho Panza!
I took care of your Don Quixote the other day!
I took care of your Don Quixote the other day!
I will peck out your eyeballs if I can find them!
I will peck out your eyeballs if I can find them!
Oh My Dad is sooooo Brave!  I want to be like him when I grow up!
Oh My Dad is sooooo Brave! I want to be like him when I grow up!
My Dad made it look so easy!   Should I try it?
My Dad made it look so easy! Should I try it?
Taking on all those bad guys made us work up an appetite!
Taking on all those bad guys made us work up an appetite!
Im sure I saw one over here!
Im sure I saw one over here!
Yes....... I know I have big feet!
Yes....... I know I have big feet!
Didn't  Mom tell us not to get in the creek?
Didn't Mom tell us not to get in the creek?
Oh my gosh....Mom is coming ....I gotta hide
Oh my gosh....Mom is coming ....I gotta hide
She didn't say  anything to you did she?
She didn't say anything to you did she?
I bet Dad is getting us our Birthday Bugs!
I bet Dad is getting us our Birthday Bugs!
Splish Splash!    Birthday Fish is okay too Dad!
Splish Splash! Birthday Fish is okay too Dad!
MOM !.......He got my spot!  No fair!  My turn!
MOM !.......He got my spot! No fair! My turn!
There is plenty of room in there for him too Mom!
There is plenty of room in there for him too Mom!
Nighty Night sweetie pies!
Nighty Night sweetie pies!
Flamingo!    Did I guess right?
Flamingo! Did I guess right?
Wake up!    Wake up!
Wake up! Wake up!
You forgot to kiss me goodnight!
You forgot to kiss me goodnight!
Gosh!  I'm not sure we will fit under there anymore!
Gosh! I'm not sure we will fit under there anymore!
Yeah......There is a little space there!
Yeah......There is a little space there!
Let me squeeze in!
Let me squeeze in!
Dang it!   Spread your wing a little Mom!
Dang it! Spread your wing a little Mom!
Awwwww.......Plenty of room here!
Awwwww.......Plenty of room here!
Hey!..........Better be some room in there for me too!!!!!!!
Hey!..........Better be some room in there for me too!!!!!!!
So nice, comfy and fluffy in here!
So nice, comfy and fluffy in here!
Awwwwwwwwww!  Good night!
Awwwwwwwwww! Good night!
7 weeks old!!!!!  Wow!
7 weeks old!!!!! Wow!
Yeah Baby!
Yeah Baby!
Hi !
Hi !
oooooooooh   I like my new feathers!
oooooooooh I like my new feathers!
Yes!  Im approaching that know it all stage!
Yes! Im approaching that know it all stage!
Yes ......almost a teenager
Yes ......almost a teenager
Well....... We are looking for Birthday Bugs!
Well....... We are looking for Birthday Bugs!
Happy Birthday to Meeeee!
Happy Birthday to Meeeee!
Almost as big as Mommy!
Almost as big as Mommy!
I wonder if I will be a redhead like Mom and Dad ?
I wonder if I will be a redhead like Mom and Dad ?
This is a pretty one!
This is a pretty one!
And this one goes there!
And this one goes there!
Jeezz...............  maybe if I just close my eyes!
Jeezz............... maybe if I just close my eyes!
Yes........Still hanging around waiting for our supper to be served!
Yes........Still hanging around waiting for our supper to be served!
These guys have to find summer jobs!
These guys have to find summer jobs!
Maybe if I teach him how to fly!.................Hummmm
Maybe if I teach him how to fly!.................Hummmm
Finally back home !
Finally back home !
Yes!   I miss my brother so much!
Yes! I miss my brother so much!
oooooooooh   Lets not wet our footsies !
oooooooooh Lets not wet our footsies !
Maybe mom wont see me wiping my beak on my feathers!
Maybe mom wont see me wiping my beak on my feathers!
Gosh!  Im 3 1/2 months old and no sign of my red feathers!
Gosh! Im 3 1/2 months old and no sign of my red feathers!
Looks tasty!
Looks tasty!
Staying close to Dad !
Staying close to Dad !
Whoa !  What was that!
Whoa ! What was that!
Mom and Dad are so photogenic !
Mom and Dad are so photogenic !