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This Sandhill Crane had just taken off from the pond where it stayed all night. The temperature dropped to at least 12 degrees Fahrenheit (it was 12 degrees when I took this picture). The pond partially froze, and the birds legs had ice freezing around them. This bird still has ice on its legs. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Technical: Canon 1D Mark II camera, 500 mm f/4 IS lens with 1.4x TC: 700 mm at f/5.6, 1/1250 sec at ISO 320.
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 bird_in_flight action
Image ID: sandhill.crane.c12.01.2004.JZ3F7563b-700.jpg
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Last updated November 17, 2019