Saturday, March 14, 2009
Spring is in the air -- the cranes are returning north
The faraway flock of what I thought were Canada Geese caught my eye as they flew above distant treetops. Only when I was reviewing my images did I realize they were Sandhill Cranes. I've never seen so many flying together. Usually, around here we see pairs. These magnificent creatures have been doing this for millions of years, pretty much the same route. Perhaps the closest living relatives of the pterodactyls.
Note: I wasn't the only observer. There's a small bird in the tree on the left. And then there's the mysterious bird at the upper right. I was going to crop it out to tighten the composition and come in in more closely, but the more I look at it, the more interesting it seems. Hard to imagine how it could be a crane. My guess is that, so big and flying so high, it's probably a hawk, its wings raised at the start of a beat, tail fanning out below. Wonder what it thought.