Monday, February 22, 2016

Dawn Patrol

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Friday morning I left for work before 6:00 a.m. because I wanted to drive in via the Katy Prairie. I'd heard that large numbers of Sandhill Cranes roost there and I was hoping to see some of them as they left their roosting site to go out foraging.

I got to Hebert Road before dawn.



Although I could hear many Cranes in the distance, I didn't see any birds until the sun appeared.


First up were some flights of Snow Geese.



Then a Crested Caracara cruised by, with just one wingtip illuminated.



As the sun cleared the horizon, the Cranes started fly. 





 


 


 



I came close to sensory overload as I stood and watched wave after wave of these magnificent birds pass noisily overhead in the dawn light.





Here are a few more of the pictures that I took.
 


 










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1 comment:

Frank said...

Definitely a spectacle I'd like to witness one day.