Reader Stephen Barnard, who lives in a wildlife paradise in Idaho, sent not only a nice picture of two sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis), but also a video of the same birds duetting.
These birds have the loudest call of any bird I know of. You can hear them from a mile away.
And, from Wikipedia:
This crane frequently gives a loud trumpeting call that suggests a French-style “r” rolled in the throat, and they can be heard from a long distance. Mated pairs of cranes engage in “unison calling.” The cranes stand close together, calling in a synchronized and complex duet. The female makes two calls for every single call of the male.
Well, I don’t see exactly that behavior, but maybe thery’re not a mated pair. Anyway, one of them is calling three times.
Sandhill Cranes are quite catholic in diet but are mainly herbivorous. . .
I suppose that means that they eat wafers as well as fish on Friday.
Their range map from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology: