Wednesday morning about 40 minutes after the sun came up, it rose high enough to shine directly on the Sandhill Cranes standing in and on one of the partially frozen ponds at Bosque del Apache.  As the birds began to peel off in one, twos, and threes heading to the fields to forage, they flew toward the sun which lit them perfectly.  My Nikon D5 and new 500mm PF lens with the 1.4x teleconverter attached gave me 700mm of reach and I was hand holding it, something I could never have done with my heavy 600mm lens.  This trio of cranes looks intent on their mission to find breakfast.

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