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Sandhill Crane Dance
Most of the Sandhill Cranes had flown off for the corn fields in the morning, with just a few left when this one started dancing. Although dancing is most common in the breeding season, the cranes can dance all year long, and this photo was taken mid-December.
Sandhill Cranes have an elegance that draws attention. These tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds breed in open wetlands, fields, and prairies across North America. Cranes are extremely social birds, and they communicate via sounds and visual displays. They gesture with whole-body postures and movements, thereby expressing emotion and intent. Sandhill Cranes have a bugling calls that is very beautiful and unique, and can be heard from miles away.
Photo taken on December 15, 2016, at Bosque del Apache NWR in NM
Won First Place in the Wildlife division of Mile High Wildlife Photography Club’s monthly competition in March, 2019.
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