These Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) were photographed in a cattle feed lot near the Hiwassee Wildlife Management Area, in Birchwood, TN (Meigs Co.) on Feb. 10, 2007. I finally have a new camera, a Nikon D80! This photo was taken with a 70 - 300mm zoom lens. Note the bright red patch on the bird's head on the right. There are 2 sub-species of these Cranes, the Lesser Sandhills (3' - 3.5' tall) and Greater Sandhills (4.5' - 5'). Cranes are grain eaters, but they also eat worms, insects, mice and snakes. One way to remember the difference between a crane and a heron is, "Cranes eat grains, herons eat herrings." Well, they might not really eat herrings, which are marine fish, but it helps to remember that they are fish eaters!