At dawn they blastoff, often to incredible sunrises while the cranes wait until the sun actually begins to shine before launching out to their feeding grounds
|Sunrise over Bosque del Apache|
|Late morning blastoff in one of the pools|
Amazing to me is how they avoid crashing into one another as they effortlessly stream into the sky.
Often you see them circling around, ready to land yet taking off again on a moments notice. This one minute video below will illustrate the incredible dance of these geese.
Occasionally you will see one, or two or three geese heading into land
|Two geese ready circling to land|
Equally amazing is they don't land on top of one another. Below is one of the above geese landing amidst its brethren. How do they do it?
|Snow Goose Landing amidst is brethren|
They do keep alert to their surroundings as you can see this goose below actually taking a long look at me who was only about 30 feet distant on my belly shooting this photo.
|Snow Goose Sentinel|
Occasionally one of the geese is not sufficiently alert and local predators score a nice fat lunch
|Coyote having goose lunch|