Sharing moments in time…

The Late Risers….Sandhill Cranes


I’ve posted a few photos of the snow geese but haven’t showed the other “headliner” from the Bosque at this time of year.  The Sandhill Cranes are also represented in great numbers (7 or 8 thousand while I was there) and you get used to a sort of routine – first the snow geese do something then the sandhills do something.  For instance, in the morning after the massive geese fly-out, the band of hearty photographers pack up and rush over to the ponds where the cranes  have spent the night.  They begin to slowly fly out in different numbers to begin their day of feeding in the fields.  Here’s an initial shot of two cranes against the sky.  Large and kind of ungainly but also majestic, they are quite a sight as they begin to fill the sky.

Sandhills at opposite ends of their wing flaps....

Sandhills at opposite ends of their wing flaps….

10 responses

  1. I haven’t seen Sandhill Cranes before. Those appear to be fairly massive wingspans! Beautifully, captured, Scott.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

    • Cheryl,
      They are pretty big birds. They get to be 3-4 feet tall and a wingspan from 5-7 feet (per wikipedia). They are fun to watch – especially when there are “waves” of them coming in from every direction in the evening. Thanks for the complement!

      December 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

  2. Dan Damon

    What a beautiful place, and what great pictures Scott!

    December 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    • Hi Dan, It is definitely worth a trip if you are in that area in the winter! Thanks for tuning in.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

  3. A “WoW” photo…thanks…and for the write up also…always interested in your back story of your photos☺

    December 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    • Thanks Siggi! They are amazing to be with. There were several times when I just had to put the camera down and enjoy the spectacle!

      December 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

  4. Just lovely… I adore these guys, and you’ve captured them beautifully!!

    December 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    • Feygirl, Thank you so much. You must see alot of these guys in your area but we don’t get them in San Diego.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

      • I believe they’re actually considered an endangered species…or perhaps a species of conservation concern (SCC). So they’re not terribly common, sadly. But when I can get out there in the wilds, I do see them. And occasionally they’ll pop up in neighborhoods, oddly.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

      • Fey Girl – I’ve seen them on Golf courses down there (in the swamps) so I assumed they were more plentiful – thanks for the info!

        December 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

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