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Sandhill Crane, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico ©2016 James D Peterson.  Shortly after sunrise, and with the Chupadera and Magdalena Mountains as its backdrop, this magnificent bird ascends from the pond where it has roosted for the night.  Many thousands of migratory birds visit this National Wildlife Refuge during the winter months.