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.