I didn’t get a great shot of this but I’m putting it up anyway because it’s such an interesting behavior. These cranes repeatedly jump up and down for seemingly no reason. The biologists anthropomophize and tell us they are dancing. When you watch them do this, you can’t help but smile.
My mom and I visited the Sandhill Crane festival in Lodi. There are several crane reserves in the area amongst the farm lands and the delta. We had a great time learning all about the behaviors of cranes from Paul Tebbel, a biologist who took our group on a sunrise tour.
Yesterday’s post which was taken at dusk shows a flock of birds flying in for the night. Today’s shot shows a flock flying off at sunrise. Waking up at 4:15AM to get out to the reserve in time to watch the sunrise was worth it, however, not having a tripod was a mistake. Note the difference in light between this morning and last night.