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Sandhill Cranes in Flight- Whitewater Draw AZ
Jan 15, 2022 16:38:41   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
Whitewater Draw in S.E. Arizona is one of many winter homes for the Sandhill Cranes.
This year they estimate aprox 40,000 Cranes are wintering in the area. this is Run by AZ Game and Fish. they have a ring of Ponds where they (as well as aprox 200 Snow Geese, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, and various other birds ) spend the night for safety.

They leave the ponds at daybreak to search for food, and then return starting before noon.
It's quite a sight (and sound) to have thousands of these Cranes soar overhead as they land in nearby ponds.

I had a great time this week watching and photographing them.
It is challenging to focus on any one bird, due to the large numbers.

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Hope you like these.


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Jan 15, 2022 16:41:36   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Beautiful work, Jim! Thanks for sharing.

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Jan 15, 2022 16:42:37   #
ShelbyDave Loc: Lone Rock, WI
 

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Jan 15, 2022 16:45:47   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
UTMike wrote:
Beautiful work, Jim! Thanks for sharing.


Thank you Mike.

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Jan 15, 2022 16:45:56   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
ShelbyDave wrote:


Thank you

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Jan 15, 2022 17:12:23   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
Another nice set Jim

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Jan 15, 2022 17:14:26   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
Curmudgeon wrote:
Another nice set Jim


Thank you Jack

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Jan 15, 2022 18:54:57   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Great set. I haven't seen any cranes this year where they usually congregate down here.

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Jan 15, 2022 19:06:41   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
kpmac wrote:
Great set. I haven't seen any cranes this year where they usually congregate down here.


Thanks
Hopefully they will show up for you. I saw 3 of them this summer in Minnesota

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Jan 15, 2022 20:07:02   #
Swamp-Cork Loc: Lanexa, Virginia
 
Beautiful set and beautiful birds!

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Jan 15, 2022 21:11:31   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
Swamp-Cork wrote:
Beautiful set and beautiful birds!


Thank you

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Jan 16, 2022 08:27:44   #
Baysitter11 Loc: Cincinnati
 
Thank you for the photos. We winter part time in Tucson and I get there each year. It is hard to describe to others the sounds and takeoffs and landings if you have been there to see it in person. I appreciate the reminder. Good times.

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Jan 16, 2022 10:40:12   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
Baysitter11 wrote:
Thank you for the photos. We winter part time in Tucson and I get there each year. It is hard to describe to others the sounds and takeoffs and landings if you have been there to see it in person. I appreciate the reminder. Good times.


Thanks baysitter
Glad you enjoyed these.
Yes I agree it's an awesome experience that is hard to described to others.
But I really enjoyed it

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Jan 17, 2022 15:21:21   #
hettmoe Loc: Rural ND
 
Very nice!

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Jan 17, 2022 20:26:05   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
hettmoe wrote:
Very nice!


Thanks

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