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Sandhill Cranes: 09/27/20
Sandhill Cranes by Lynn M. Stone is a nonfiction children's picture book. While I couldn't plan another summer camp due to COVID, I needed a quick intro to this specific bird species. As I've said before picture books are great distillers of information.
In mid December I was commissioned to paint sandhill cranes. I've only seen a sandhill crane once and my five photos were crap. I needed to quickly learn about them and their personalities so I could wisely chose public domain photographs for references.
This book covers the basics. Where the birds live. Where they migrate to. Where they breed. What their nests are like. How many eggs. How long it takes to reach adulthood. What courtship is like.
Basically the book had what I needed. If anything I wished it were a little longer. I did however get two important facts that the reference photos weren't showing: the birds are primarily gray and their red heads are bare skin.