Friday, April 23, 2010

More interesting than food: Narcissus entranced by his reflection

More Interesting Than Food: Narcissus Entranced by His Reflection
There's a pair of nesting Sandhill Cranes in the marsh along Tiedeman Pond in Middleton along Gammon Road, just north of the Madison city limits. The area is fenced off to make sure the nesting birds are not disturbed or stressed. While one tends the egg, the other flies off to forage for food, often in the neighboring suburban backyards. But sometimes there are more interesting things than food. As birds that spend some of their time on or near water, cranes must be familiar with their reflections. But what to make of "water" that's round, not flat, and hard, not wet?

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