Why Walk When you Can Fly?

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!)

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil August 15, 2016 10:38 pm

    A cute couple out for a picnic / stroll on a summer day. : )

  2. Mollie Cook August 15, 2016 11:44 am

    Great video Doug……..thank you so much!! So glad those two are remaining together.

  3. Warrenwesternpa August 15, 2016 7:58 am

    Why Walk When you Can Fly Heather Ray

    Yes, walking is best when foraging. Turkeys walk, Robins bobble, swallows fly but go nowhere in circles, same at Bats. All have their motions. Reminds me of the song. “All God’s Creatures have a place in the Choir”
    I borrowed my sons Pedomoter to estimate my walking distance around a huge machine. I averaged five miles a day and reduced my food intake shortly after retirement or I would have ballooned. 🙂