Clicking the pics is my favorite thing to do while I'm relaxing.
The dirt road coming into Saggy Bottoms boondocking, and parking area. A little wash-boarded, but no problem.
Yet another beautiful day today. I had to wear a coat walking down to the lake this morning to take pictures at dawn, but I was carrying it walking back home a few hours later at 9 o'clock.
I can't believe I'm actually still able to wake up before the sun comes up in the morning. I also can't believe I'm able to talk myself into walking down to the lake in 40° weather at that time of the morning just to get a picture of a bird. But it appears that Sandhill cranes are the early birds that got the worm because most of them are up and gone by the time the sun is up.
Unlike normal birds that feed all day, about 90% of the cranes have been going out at daylight, eating enough to last most of the day, and are coming back by 11 a.m. Then, a smaller group will leave in the early afternoon to feed, and they come back as the sunsets. So, in general, the Cranes get a lot of relaxing time sitting around doing nothing.... Actually, a lot like me.
I've been recording videos of my days here at Saggy Bottoms, along with the photos I've been taking. One of these days, if I can locate a single molecule of ambition, I will try to put together a video to show what's going on here. And you can rest assured this video will probably not be interesting and a long way from entertaining, but it will be appropriately brief.
Lovebirds, Mr. and Mrs. Crane.
Cranes flying home for the night, their lines stretching as far as the eye can see.
This guy is obviously trying to replace Daffy Duck.
This is one of the ways Cranes like to sleep.
This is another way Cranes like to sleep, it keeps their bills warm on those cold winter nights
If I could twist my neck around like that, I wouldn't need a rearview mirror in my truck. And doing it while standing on one leg would be even more amazing.
My boondocking neighborhood, Whitewater Draw Arizona.