Sandhill 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.
Sandhill Cranes Roosting at Bosque - Sandhill cranes arrive at sundown to roost in the ponds for the night. The ponds provide protection against predators. After sunup they fly off to feed on the grains in the local fields. Bosque del Apache, San Antonio, New Mexico.
Shortcut to the Corn - a flock of sandhill cranes spread their wings one by one to jump a ditch to reach an adjacent corn field from the roosting pond. This is unusual behavior since they will usually fly to the nearby corn fields. But why not walk (jump) to a nearby field, if close enough.
Sandhill Cranes Roosting Wake Up - After roosting for the night, safe from predators, a flock of sandhill cranes wake up, stretch their wings and will soon fly off to the corn fields. Bosque del Apache, New Mexico.