December 29, 2016

Sandhill cranes in flight

When we went looking for the Smith's Longspur three were a lot of sandhill cranes flying around.
None came close for crisp photos so this is what you get today.

Antigone canadensis
The Sandhill Crane’s call is a loud, rolling, trumpeting sound whose unique tone is a product of anatomy: Sandhill Cranes have long tracheas (windpipes) that coil into the sternum and help the sound develop a lower pitch and harmonics that add richness.

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