Bosque Del Apache national wildlife refuge is such an amazing place for watching winter Sandhill cranes.
Each winter, thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese flock to this vast area for wintering.
This is because of multiple ponds that rarely frozen during winter and a vast crop land that provides the food for birds.
Cranes and snow geese land in the water each evening and take off for food each morning.
We spent two days over this places during our family 2019 year end southwestern US trip.
The photos highlights the actions of cranes and snow geese.
P1 Snow geese taking off water area around sunrise
P2 Snow geese assembled in water and ready to take off
P3 Snow geese were taking off
P4 The last group of snow geese at the time of sunrise
P5 Snow geese in another pond at the time of sunrise
P6 Snow geese taking off from another pond
P7 The small group of Sandhill cranes were preparing taking off after the leave of snow geese
P8 Sandhill cranes (on right) and Canadian geese (on left) in early morning
P9 A crane just took off
P10 One cranes group were leaving the water
P11 Another cranes group were leaving the water
P12 One group of cranes flying after leaving the water
P13 Snow geese were flying back to water at dusk
P14 The sunset behind a pond
P15 There are many ponds inside the wildlife drive. This is one of them cranes land for night.
P16 Cranes were landing to the water for night
P21 Cranes in crop land
P22 Cranes in another crop land
P23 Cranes and other birds in wet land
P24 Two coyotes were enjoying crane's meat