November 11, 2013 Bosque del Apache NWR

Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost

Busy day today!

Sandhill crane feeding amongst snow geese
Sandhill crane feeding amongst snow geese
Sandhill cranes in flight at sunrise
Sandhill cranes in flight

 

 

 

 

 

In early this morning to get some more shots of the snow geese and cranes in the alfalfa fields.

Sandhill cranes on the hunt
Sandhill cranes on the hunt
Sandhill cranes on the hunt
Sandhill cranes on the hunt

 

 

 

 

 

Northern harrier
Northern harrier

 

 

Also got some nice closeup shots of the cranes feeding in the early morning light, even managed to get a passing northern harrier close enough to shoot.

 

 

 

 

I returned to the “Farm Deck” around 3 PM to wait for the cranes to fly over, but as it turns out, they preferred flying around, not over. Although there were quite a few out in the fields, they all kept their distance and when they did takeoff, they seemed determined to stay out of camera range. I remained patient and stayed put for close to two hours, but ended up with nothing to show for it.

Sandhill crane roosting pond
Sandhill crane roosting pond
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost

 

 

 

 

 

Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost

 

 

 

 

 

Headed back home but couldn’t resist taking some shots at sunset along the roosting ponds. Tonight was one of the first evenings when there were clouds at sunset, normally it is all clear skies, and the clouds add a lot to the colors of a New mexico sunset.

Snow geese flying in to the alfalfa fields
Snow geese flying in to the alfalfa fields
Snow geese flying in to the alfalfa fields
Snow geese flying in to the alfalfa fields
Sandhill crane on the hunt
Sandhill crane on the hunt

 

 

 

 

 

Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost

 

 

 

 

 

Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost
Sandhill cranes coming home to roost

 

 

 

 

 

Sandhill cranes on the hunt
Sandhill cranes on the hunt
Sandhill cranes on the hunt
Sandhill cranes on the hunt
Sandhill cranes on the hunt
Sandhill cranes on the hunt

 

 

 

 

 

Sandhill crane in flight at sunrise
Sandhill crane in flight
Sandhill crane feeding amongst snow geese
Sandhill crane feeding amongst snow geese
Sandhill cranes in flight at sunrise
Sandhill cranes in flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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