Trouble stalks prairie.
Rapier bill wins!
When the cranes arrive after migration, still decked out in fresh blue feathers, they are very hungry. They will not put up with impudent fawns from last spring encroaching on their grain piles. The young deer from last year don’t get cranes immediately. but a jab or two from that dangerous bill gets the message across. Both species use the language of intimidation to ensure rank. It is amusing how a 7-10 pound bird can out intimidate a 120 pound deer.