Crane Breakfast Quench
A sandhill crane quenches its thirst after a long night of predator watch
Two cranes walking to join their crane mates.
Two sandhill cranes having a mini conference.
Crane Duo Landing
Two sandhill cranes with flaps down coming in for a landing
A sandhill crane squawks its annoyance for having to leave the pond.
Crane Wings UP
Solo sandhill crane with wings up departing the protection of the pond.
A sandhill Crane makes a wingtip reflection as it departs to find food in the nearby fields.
A sandhill crane takes an early morning drink from a pond
Opposite Sync Wingbeat
Two sandhill cranes in opposite wing synchronization depart the pond for green pastures.
Sandhill Crane in Profile Wings Up
A sandhill crane close up, wings up in
Two sandhill cranes in synchronized wing position
A Sandhill crane gets a running start for take off. Bosque del Apache, San Antonio, New Mexico
Paired Flight - A pair of sandhill cranes launch from the roosting pond in opposite wingbeats. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
Sandhill Cranes Roosting at Sunset
Sandhill Cranes Roosting Sunset - Sandhill cranes arrive at the ponds and roost for the night just as the sun is setting. Roosting in ankle deep water protects them from approaching predators. Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
Skipping Crane - A sandhill crane gets a skipping start across the water surface as it readies for take off.
Morning Spot Light
Morning Spot Light - A sandhill crane launches from its roosting pond in sunrise spotlight. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
Solo Mission - A sandhill crane departs the roosting pond in sunrise light on a solo mission to find its preferred field of grain for breakfast. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
Rise With The Steam Fog
Rise With The Steam Fog - A sandhill crane rises from the roosting pond as the rising sun shines through the early morning steam fog from the water's surface. Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado.
Sunrise Quench - A sandhill crane raises its head to swallow water from the roosting pond at sunrise to quench a long night's thirst.
Crane Pair Sunrise Stroll
Crane Pair Sunrise Stroll - A pair of sandhill cranes take a sunrise stroll in the roosting pond and are preparing to launch to the local corn fields for breakfast. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
Squawking Cranes - Two sandhill cranes in silhouette against the setting sun light squawk their presence to their fellow cranes that they have arrived to roost for the night. Bosque del Apache Nationa; Wildlife Refuge.
Steamy Stance - A sandhill cranes awakes from roosting for the night in steam fog created by the rising sun, cool air temperatures and warm water.
Sandhill Cranes Balance on One Leg
Double Balance - Two sandhill cranes awake to the sunrise after roosting for the night balanced on one leg. The cold air on the warm wetland creates steam fog also known as sea smoke.
Stack of Cranes
Stack of Cranes - Four sandhill cranes appear to be flying in a stack. Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Monte Vista, Colorado.