There was serious sandhill crane action Thursday afternoon at the Bernardo Wildlife Area south of Albuquerque. My wife’s sole objective for the trip was to see a single one, and there were thousands! Cranes in the empty fields, cranes in the corn. Cranes in the air, cranes on the road. We’ve never been anywhere where running over cranes is any kind of danger. Well, guess what.
These two were moving right along. You can see the little rocket thrusters in their wingtips and the glow from inboard power units. They landed safely, I am happy to report, and the dry grass didn’t burn.