I’m sitting with Brenda out on the back porch thirty minutes ago and I hear the tuk-tuk of the Sandhill Crane. I get the binoculars and camera, but I cannot see them in the sky. The second flock comes by within five minutes and I snap the pictures above.
The Sandhill are flying fast with a east-southeast wind at their tails. I estimate their ground speed may be 75-100 m.p.h. I have to work fast.
I took pictures of a third large flock and then three stragglers (teenagers, most likely, sleeping late) soaring fast. See the two pictures below.