Watching the CraneCam over the past 10 years has allowed us and viewers a viewing window into the daily goings on of many species and one of the things that always strikes me is the amount of walking cranes do.
They walk mile after mile each and every day and I’ve often thought of slipping my fitbit step tracker onto a crane just to count some of the steps I miss each day sitting at my desk.
I’ve often wondered why they would spend so much time on the ground when they have these beautiful wings that could carry them anywhere they wanted to go… If I had wings, I wouldn’t spend that much time walking (or worrying about the steps on my fitbit).
Take a look at the video clip that Doug Pellerin recently captured for us and you’ll find the answer to why they walk (and walk and walk).
If they flew everywhere they wanted to go – they’d probably never eat. Look at the number of times they stop to pick up a tasty insect in this short clip.
Oh, and the pair in the video? That’s male #5-12 & female #8-14 (YAY!)