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Pic 4 Today: Sandhill Crane against the grain

<b>Pic 4 Today: Sandhill Crane against the grain</b><p>Even on a year with mostly overcast weather, the Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR stand out against the gold of the ripe grain of the fields planted on the Refuge with corn, oats, and wheat. This bird, coasting in for a landing, catches some of the size of the Crane. These are big birds: tall with a huge wingspan, and a relatively heavy body.<p>This shot is also a demonstration of the quality of today's small sensor Point & Shoot cameras. I used …

Pic 4 Today : Brown Creeper!

I don't know about you, but I find the Brown Creeper to be a difficult bird to see. I can count my sightings over the past 30 years on the fingers of one hand! And that is odd, since they must be, logically, much more common than that. They must have been in every wood I have walked through in that 30 years, just about. On the flip side, I have seen them across much of North America. New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, New Jersey, Maine. That is certainly a wide geographic range. In fact, if you take a …

Pic 4 Today : Three Cranes

<b>Pic 4 Today : Three Cranes</b><br>#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus<p>The final day at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for the Festival of the Cranes we had snow in the morning...not just on the ground but still falling. It was challenging light for flight shots...just not enough of it...but it was also a very gentle, very uniform, light, with a lot reflected back from the snow covered ground. It made for interesting flight shots. Cranes fly in formation, and this is just three …

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White-crowned Sparrows with Frost and Fluff

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow landing and knocking frost off of Rabbitbrush<p>On some winter mornings at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area …