On our recent trip to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Skip, Ken and I were treated to several fantastic sunsets as we watched the sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) flying in from nearby corn fields to roost for the night in shallow ponds, where they are protected from coyotes. These three sandhill cranes are silhouetted against deep gold light about 15 minutes after the sun went down behind the mountains.
Sandhilll cranes in golden sunset light, silhouette, standing in pond.
Image ID: 21798
Species: Sandhill crane, Grus canadensis
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico, USA