The first time I ever saw a Sandhill Crane was in Florida during the pandemic. I had never seen a bird that big. When I saw one, I wanted to see more. We looked and looked and looked. Walking all over the Florida wildlife preserves and there are many looking for the cranes. I thought they would be plentiful, so much so that they name places and streets after Sandhill Cranes in the south of Florida. Through the miles and miles we walked in the heat and humidity, we saw less then 10. But I was happy because one was a pair of cranes with their little chick. There is a picture of the little guy or girl here on my website. Super cute.
Fast forward, we ended up moving back to New Mexico which I adore. Timo had read that there was a place called Bosque del Apache where birds of all kinds stop to rest during their migration south where they will winter. There were Sandhill cranes that many fly all the way from Greenland where they nest and raise their young.
It's only a couple hours south of us so we made a little overnight trip. We arrived at Apache and sure enough there were birds, lots of them and there were Sandhill Cranes too. Just a handful but they were far away and even with my long lens, I really didn't get any great shots.
The next day we decided to check out a place called Bernardo, we heard good things. This is what we found.......100s and 100s of Sandhill Cranes right there. Apparently somewhere in the realm of 14,000 cranes migrate through the bosque and stop to rest and eat from the harvested fields. What a sight! They were flying in, landing, filling up and taking off.
I have another picture of a single Sandhill Crane captured here in New Mexico on my website. Be sure to check her out. She is beautiful and is one of my most popular images.
December 5th, 2022
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