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These are terrible shots, but I learned something from them. I thought I knew that sandhill cranes always fly with their legs out behind them. Not so; they do whatever strikes their fancy at the time. Flipping through the outtakes from a recent trip I saw sandies missing a leg or two... and then I figured out what they were doing. No glorious light in these shots, sorry, but if you want to win at Socorro Springs Trivia Night, take a look.
Mark




One "normal", one tucked in

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The guy behind takes the hint

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Now we're both tucked

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Both tucked in, one not quite as perfect... :)

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Dec 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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fine set Mark

Morris



Dec 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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I always though they were leg trailers, so something learned today.


Dec 10, 2012 at 01:01 AM
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Interesting set Mark. I don't think I have ever noticed this in the shots of others

Tim



Dec 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
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That's too cool Mark. I've said before, to you, that dragging a camera around looking at birds has done a lot to open my eyes about birds and their behavior - I love it


Dec 10, 2012 at 01:10 AM
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Nicely presented behaviorals Mark, I'll be watching for this now

Tom



Dec 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM
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morris wrote:
fine set Mark

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Thanks Morris!



Dec 10, 2012 at 03:42 AM
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KCollett wrote:
I always though they were leg trailers, so something learned today.

Yup, me too -- I've watched a bunch of sandhill cranes in the past but never caught on to this before.



Dec 10, 2012 at 03:43 AM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
Interesting set Mark. I don't think I have ever noticed this in the shots of others

Tim

Thanks Tim -- I feel like I must be a slow learner (there's other evidence for that!).



Dec 10, 2012 at 03:44 AM
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jwestfall wrote:
That's too cool Mark. I've said before, to you, that dragging a camera around looking at birds has done a lot to open my eyes about birds and their behavior - I love it

You're right, Jim -- looking back at photos shows me a lot that I just don't see in real time.



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Thomas Sanders wrote:
Nicely presented behaviorals Mark, I'll be watching for this now

Tom

Thanks, Tom -- me too! I'd like to see if there is a pattern to the whole thing.... or not.



Dec 10, 2012 at 03:47 AM
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Now that is weird and new to me!

I like them with the trailing legs

I thought your first shot was showing 'stumpy' that might have had some bad fortune? Now I see the folded up landing gear, very cool Mark thanks for sharing this.

Karl



Dec 10, 2012 at 04:57 AM
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Karl Witt wrote:
Now that is weird and new to me!

I like them with the trailing legs

I thought your first shot was showing 'stumpy' that might have had some bad fortune? Now I see the folded up landing gear, very cool Mark thanks for sharing this.

Karl

Karl, I saw a stumpy in a pond north of BdA recently. He (she?) was getting around OK but it must be tricky. But this tuck-em-up-in-flight business was new to me. Reviewing my shots there was a lot of it, not just one oddball individual.



Dec 10, 2012 at 05:13 AM
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Nature always keeps on our toes. Ed


Dec 10, 2012 at 05:26 AM
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interesting stuff Mark .. nicely done


Dec 10, 2012 at 08:47 AM
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Well seen behavior, Mark AFAIK only the ladies tuck to perfection...they're also
twice as talkative and run a little smaller than the guys. Kinda like the way WE roll



Dec 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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Ed Robertson wrote:
Nature always keeps on our toes. Ed

Ain't that the truth!



Dec 10, 2012 at 02:47 PM
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kmunroe wrote:
interesting stuff Mark .. nicely done

Thanks, Kenny -- it's a reminder to me to actually look at the ones I'm casually tossing away...



Dec 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
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trenchmonkey wrote:
Well seen behavior, Mark AFAIK only the ladies tuck to perfection...they're also
twice as talkative and run a little smaller than the guys. Kinda like the way WE roll

Will -- I didn't know that about the girls. About the rest of it, I'm sure I have no comment at all.



Dec 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM
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Wonderful captures.

Birdie



Dec 10, 2012 at 05:12 PM
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