Sandhill Crane Meets Mule Deer Stag

Sandhill crane meets mule deer stag

There was a golden eagle in a nearby tree while all of this was going on

Just a little something to start your day! This is from the Bernardo Wildlife Area, taken last Thursday. There were actually three deer in a field when several sandhill cranes landed nearby. The male deer retreated to the edge of the woods while the birds mingled among the does, and after a little hesitation—see above—both species simply ignored each other. An amazing scene, at any rate.

My apologies for the picture quality, however. The automatic focus was acting up at that particular moment, and I never got the shot I wanted. The most dramatic scene of all, with the cranes swooping right in behind all three deer, is massively out of focus. This one is at least viewable, although still not up to par.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

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