Then, coming back towards the house, I saw a small group of Sandhills flying overhead, then another, and another... and I could see them coming in for a landing. I followed. Just on the edge of town, the backyard of one house ends right next to a corn field.
I estimate there are at least 100 birds in the above photo, and I'm going to venture a guess that there were over 200 Sandhill Cranes were in the field. They are glorious and graceful birds, until they are coming in for a landing. They drop their legs down and scoop their wings and float down... gently but not gracefully.
I love to watch them fly overhead, and to hear their calls.
I shot quite a few photos of the birds on the ground, as well as of the groups in flight, coming in to the field to join the others. To quote Sesame Street... "one of these is not like the other," can you spot the oddball in the next photograph?
Yes, that's a Canada Goose, right there in the middle. The goose circled around and landed right down in the field with the cranes.
If that had been my backyard, I could have been sitting on the edge of the yard, just before the birds flew in, and gotten some amazing profile shots. As it was, I stayed on the road, and didn't want to spook the cranes from what I was guessing was going to be where they stayed through the night.