Yesterday, after physio, we drove further west and north of Shallow Lake to see if we could find any Sandhill Cranes. This is the time of year when they gather to migrate, and we found at least several hundred of them.
They were all off at a great distance, which did not help with the photography, but there were certainly lots of them.
They were constantly on the move, most with heads down, pecking for kernels of corn. I tried hard to get a close up showing the red patch on their head, but never did manage that.
Several small flocks came in overhead, gradually descending to join the bigger flock, calling their somewhat duck-like quack as they came.
We were intrigued that the gathering flock had moved two fields over from last year. After looking at both fields we realized that last year the flock gathered on a harvested soybean field, which this year had been planted to winter wheat. The clever cranes simply moved to a nearby field where the newly harvested cornfield provided plenty of food.
On the other hand I am disappointed in my photography. There is something about this Samsung phone that just does not produce clear pictures when you use the amazing zoom. It may be that I just cannot hold it steady enough.