The link below – well worth a few minutes of your time – was forwarded to me by a bird-watching friend (who got it from someone, who got it from someone else, etc.), together with this explanation:
“These pictures were taken in the Suntree area of Florida south of Cocoa & Titusville. A Sandhill crane couple recently had an exciting addition to their family. When they built their nest near the water’s edge it immediately drew attention of passers- by. Soon there were two eggs sitting on top of the nest and the mother on top of them.
The really curious passed by the site every morning and would stop their cars to get out and see if there were any new cranes yet. Many brought cameras of all shapes and sizes and would stand near the water for long periods of time hoping to catch a photo of the hatching.
Robert Grover, a dentist, didn’t actually catch the birth but, he sure did capture some fabulous shots of the Momma, Papa and baby (the second egg never hatched). Then he put together a slide show with music that is just too good not to share.”