Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Sandhill Cranes, Formation Flying, Monte Vista NWR, Colorado

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Sandhill Cranes, formation flying over the Monte Vista NWR in Colorado. Popped up here yesterday for a look-see. There are a few thousand Sandhill Cranes in the refuge. Though, after this initial bombardment, we didn’t see them much but we could hear them plenty. Thanks for looking. G

Sandhill Cranes, Formation Flying, Monte Vista NWR, Colorado

Monte Vista NWR, CO, Bosque Del Apache, NWR, NM

Monte Vista NWR, CO, Bosque Del Apache, NWR, NM.

Monte Vista NWR, CO, Bosque Del Apache, NWR, NM. The Sandhill Cranes head south from the northwest corner of the San Luis Valley, Colorado into New Mexico. Following the Rio Grande, as it winds it’s way through canyons, ancient pueblos and thick cottonwood bosques (woods), they pass through the states largest city Albuquerque.  Navigating this way as they have for thousands of years they arrive at the nations premier wildlife refuge. At the Bosque del Apache they settle in for the long winter. The first photo is at Monte Vista, Colorado, in the afternoon. The second photo is from early morning at the Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

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Red Barn, Green Gate, Sandhill Cranes

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Red Barn, Green Gate, Sandhill Cranes. Made another quick trip up the the National Wildlife Refuge today, where we saw so many Sandhill Cranes, thousands of Canada geese and two Snow Geese. If you have a chance this weekend to make a trip to this area you wont be disappointed. The one thing that really gets me is the call of the cranes. Thanks for continuing to look. G

Red Barn, Green Gate, Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane, Monte Vista NWR

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Sandhill Crane, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado. I love these birds. They look like descendent’s of  prehistoric dinosaurs. A pterodactyl perhaps? A nice warm day at the refuge. Thanks for looking. G

Sandhill Crane, Monte Vista NWR

More images of Sandhill Cranes.

https://geraintsmith.com/sandhill-cranes-sunset-marshes/

https://geraintsmith.com/flight-sandhill-crane-bosque-del-apache/

https://geraintsmith.com/evening-fly-bosque-del-apache/

https://geraintsmith.com/juvenile-golden-eagle-sandhill-cranes/

https://geraintsmith.com/sandhill-cranes-heading-north/

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_15/march_03_15.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/november_15/nov_15_15.html

Juvenile Golden Eagle And Sandhill Cranes

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Juvenile Golden Eagle at the Monte Vista NWR, flew through and “dive bombed” numerous groups of Sandhill Cranes, talons and beak flashing, causing a continuous uproar and frenzied lift offs of the cranes. The eagle failed miserably at taking any prey but it was a sight to behold at how much fear they can instill in their quarry. Thanks for looking. G

Juvenile Golden Eagle and Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes Sunset In The Marshes

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Sandhill Cranes sunset in the marshes at the Bosque del Apache. There are so many photo ops one encounters in this magnificent National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley southeast of Socorro, New Mexico. Today I chose this one which pleases me very much. In this case it depicts an evening sunset across the marshes with the silhouettes of the Sandhill Crane settling in for the evening. Thanks for looking. G

Sandhill cranes sunset in the marshes