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Many of the sandhill cranes at Bosque del Apache roost on a couple of ponds close to the road and are used to photographers standing within a few yards of them. In the morning the cranes 'point' with their necks before they start their take off giving plenty of warning to get the cameras ready! In the middle of our trip we had 9 inches of snow, which closed the reserve for a couple of days, and temperatures down to -15oC. The day after the snow we had a very slow and tricky journey to the crane roosting ponds along the snow covered Hwy 1 as the freeway was closed. The cranes had kept some of the water free from ice by their constant movement but did not come back to roost at night as the water was then frozen solid.
CRANES AT ROOST IN THE EARLY MORNING MIST
CRANES AND SNOW GEESE LEAVING THE ROOST
SANDHILL CRANE RUNNING ON ICE BEFORE TAKE OFF
SANDHILL CRANE BECOMING AIRBORNE
SANDHILL CRANE IN FLIGHT WITH ONE FOOT TUCKED IN
SANDHILL CRANE IN FLIGHT WITH BOTH FEET TUCKED IN