Cranes having a spat on the Rio Grande.
A group of cranes flew into the shallows on the Rio Grande this evening and decided to have a spat over something. They are doing a nice crane dance as part of the spat in the GIF below.
The duck walks out of the middle of the spat.
43 thoughts on “The Spat”
A smart duck! Maybe the Cranes are squabbling over the females? 😊
They just like to squable from what I can tell. Thanks, John.
“The duck was not impressed.”
Love the gif.
My pleasure. Tis picture looks like a beautiful dream 🌸
We live the dream out here. How’s your ankle?
I can see some improvement but I have a long way to go. Thank you for asking. Maya sends hugs to everyone 🤗
Oh wow! How cool is that? Smart duck to make his escape…
Thanks, Dale. He said “¡Hasta la vista! Babies!”
With good reason! Who wants to be stepped on during a spat?
I guess that’s one reason they are called ducks.
The cranes are beautiful and I enjoyed the photos, especially the gif. The poor mallard is getting out of the fray just in time. He looks so tiny compared to them! 🙂
Very wise duck 😉
He ducked out. Thanks, picpholio.
THe cunning mallard avoided injury, I hope, Sir. Hehe!
This is epic. What an a amazing vid of the duck and the picture is gorgeous.
“Just passin’ through… pardon me please. No need to get your feathers in an uproar.” …said the duck.
Actually the duck was there before the cranes landed all around him and started fighting. He was just enjoying himself and then the hoodlum cranes dropped in and drove him out. Hmmm. Thanks, Nancy.
Those darn hoodlums!
They are everywhere these days.
Super photos and GIF, Tim. The cranes look enormous with their wings out while standing and squabbling. I feel very much like the duck these day.
Thanks, Mia. With the duck in the scene it does give you a nice sense of scale for how large the cranes are. They stand 4 to 5 feet tall. Years ago when I was riding my bike on the levee wearing a spider jersey, there’s an area I rode through where an arroyo dumps into the river. There were cranes on either side of the trail and instead of moving when I rode through them, they simply stood there and eyed the spiders on my jersey. I was looking eye to eye at those cranes as I rode between them.
Amazing, I can picture the cranes running after you for a spider treat! 🚴
They were thinking about it.
Well, duck was lucky not to have been …spat on! 😉
Beautiful dance! 🙂
For sure. He ducked and waddled his way to safety. Thanks, Marina.
One smart ducky! 😉
From the title, I thought there was a serious disagreement among your kitties. When I saw and read it was among the cranes, so much for peaceful harmony. It could be the main event at the next UFC fight night, preferably for a title of some kind. 🙂 😉
The cranes do like to spar. Thanks, David.
How very lovely to come across cranes on the Rio Grande, Tim. I enjoyed the spat. When cranes flutter and dance it is a big scene, because they are such big birds. Glorious.
Thanks, Jet. The cranes fly in from the fields to roost on the Rio Grande every night during the winter. They are big, elegant and noisy. But I love the sound they make. They fly over our house every morning giving us a wake up call.
It looks like they were having a good time, the duck too!
Nothing like a good sparing match before bedtime. Thanks, Tiffany.
Then duck just calmly walking through is the best! Great shots, Tim.
The duck is cute. Thanks, Teri.
duck’s like – Oh! Wait? Um, I’m outta here.
He didn’t want to be in on the action. Thanks, Holly.
They sure dance neat… cranerinas for sure. Although, 1 duck does not an audience make. Hope they don’t have to close the show’s run early, due to financial ruin.
This is spectacular!