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Here they come | by Deby Dixon
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Here they come

I have been to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge twice during the winter season would love to return every year. If you are taken by the Sandhill Cranes - their size, songs, dance and red heads with bright orange eyes, the Bosque is great place to visit with thousands of them. There are so many cranes and snow geese at the refuge that it is difficult to zero in on a single bird. I am easily entertained because it wouldn't be anything for me to spend entire days watching and photographing the birds - but I love to get a sense of their habits and personalities as well. The refuge feeds the birds, which was donated by a major beer distributer this past year because their corn crops were so bad, and what these birds are alerting me to is the feed truck coming down the dirt road with several cranes following behind and above. So many people say, "ah, they are just dumb animals," but how can that be if they know what time the food arrives and the vehicle it arrives in? My theory is that man learned much more from the natural world than from a plastic science. It was cool to be the only photographer out there on this morning, with all of those birds to myself.

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Taken on January 23, 2012