Sandhill Cranes roosting at pond at dawn Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio NM, December 31, 2016

First Light

Sandhill Cranes at Roost, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio NM

December 31, 2016

First Light

All too often my first shot is the best and it's all down hill from there. Like this morning - the more I tried the worse it got.

I took this photo about half an hour before sunrise when I was attracted to the cranes roosting in reflected light from a break in the clouds. Some birds were awake already and were ghosted by the 5 second exposure but those still asleep make the shot.