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These cranes were bobbing and dancing in the early morning in a courtship ritual. The approximately horizontal bright banding is due to reflections from ripples in the water. The full image with only a small crop is shown below. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Canon D60 camera, 500 mm f/4 IS lens at f/5.6, 1/1500 sec at ISO 200.
Wild and free. No calls or bait were used to acquire this image.
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Keywords to this image = BosqueNWR newmexico bird sandhill_crane
Image ID: c12.16.2002.IMG_1294.courting.cranes.b-closeup.600.jpg
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Last updated March 30, 2017