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Cold today after Monday’s snow and a bunch of Sandhill cranes apparently decided to make a break for it in their trip down the Rio Grande. Hundreds above Placitas this afternoon, perhaps seeking a thermal for a shot south. Fortunately, neighbor Lori heard them and alerted me — being a sissy indoors and putting off my afternoon walk — by cell phone. And, also fortunately, brother-in-law Bill recently worked me through some of my camera ignorance, enabling me to finally get my quick-draw, pocket camera lense on the graceful and talkative snow-dodgers overhead.

Click on this recording by Arthur A. Allen (No. 2) for a reminder of what the cranes sound like in flight. 




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