This image was made on the evening of our last day at Bosque del Apache. Once again, the sky was overcast, and the setting sun, through the clouds, cast a warm glow over the multitude of cranes which had gathered at one of the ponds along State Road 1 just on the edge of the refuge. It had rained and snowed for most of the day, so the packed earth at the edge of the ponds had become sticky with mud.
There were very few people–probably the fewest I’ve ever seen–watching the evening flight. There were one or two other photographers, and a handful of birders and tourists. As I studied the scene before me, I noticed that the birds were paired up, almost as if they were out for an evening of dining and dancing–actually they were dining and dancing. All of the images I made of them dancing weren’t very sharp; the light was low and my shutter was slow, so here’s one of them dining.