Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bosque del Apache - Sandhill Cranes

Here is a second sampling of the Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache.

We visited the refuge just after sunrise (about 7am). The cranes roost at night in shallow ponds. The ponds protect the birds from night predators, such as coyotes. In the morning, they take flight, a few at a time, and head to fields where they forage for grain.

By the time we arrived, hundreds had already departed, but hundreds more remained. Here is the context ...


... a family group ...


... many just hang out ...


... morning stretches ...



... take off ...


Good Birding!!

5 comments:

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful Chris to see them; wonderful photos.

Rohrerbot said...

Wow! Great shots! That's excellent birding right there. Beautiful landscape as well.

Susan W. said...

Those photos are incredible! What a spectacular experience!

Chris said...

Wow that's quite amazing to see such numbers.. That's incredible! Is that common? fantastic shots!

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