San Luis National Wildlife Refuge December Sunset 15/12/18

Laura and I spent the morning at the SLNWR with 22 WildLink members, but had to leave Z at home with grandma due to a miscalculation of seats. To make things right with Z we ate a quick lunch at home and then headed back out to the refuge in late afternoon hoping to catch a sunset illuminating the clouds of what would be a pretty drenching storm the following day. We were not dissapointed. Although individual bird types were hard to discern, there was no mistaking the Sandhill Cranes as they flew in to Sousa Marsh for the evening. Enjoy the photos.
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Sandhill cranes in the elk enclosure.
Laura spies the sandhill cranes while Z sleeps.
Big bull elk.
Sousa Marsh trailhead.
Sousa Marsh
Sousa Marsh
Z trying to find Laura through spotting scope.
Cranes flying over Sousa Marsh. Coots in the foreground.
We saw the sunset getting pretty intense, so I made a break for it to find some great reflections.