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The cranes take a running start to take off from the shallow pond as this one is doing. The stripes on the neck are from sunlight passing between feathers on the wing. This image is a closeup crop. The full image is shown below. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Canon D60 camera, 700mm f/5.6 (500 mm f/4 IS lens +1.4x TC), 1/2000 sec at ISO 400.
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 nature-1 bird_in_flight action
Image ID: c12.19.2002.IMG_3480.crane.takeoff.b.close-600.jpg
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Last updated May 29, 2019