Each year hundreds of Sandhill cranes and snow geese winter at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The cranes and geese head out in the frigid mornings just as the sun rises. They fly to local agricultural fields where they eat. In the evening they return to the marshes and ponds on the wildlife refuge to roost.
Dad had just captured one amazing sunrise flyout and decided to explore another area down the road from the viewing platform. Within a few moments of getting out of the car, an unexpected second wave of sandhill cranes launched out of the water and toward the rising sun, ready for another day of foraging for food.