Sunday photo Gallery by Grant Jefferies

gjefferies@bradenton.comMay 5, 2014 

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A juvenile sandhill crane holds a worm in its beak as it searches for more food with an adult bird recently in the The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch. The large birds will consume a variety of yummy foods such as seeds, berries, insects, earthworms, mice, small birds, snakes, lizards, frogs, crayfish, but do not "fish" like herons, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In 2002, the FFWC made it illegal for people to feed sandhill cranes. The large birds, which sport a long and pointed beak, may become aggressive toward people and have attacked children, according to the commission. Feeding cranes can be dangerous to the birds, too, as it encourages them to hang out in urban areas. Wandering in yards often means crossing roadways increasing the chance they will be hit by a car. Pets and pesticides can also harm the 4-foot tall birds. So do not feed the feathered foragers. They like their own cooking.

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Sunday photo Gallery by Grant Jefferies, May 5, 2014.

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