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Sandhill Cranes

I observed that Sandhill Crane aggression is more posturing and acrobatics than actual physical contact. I witnessed dozens of ninja-like kick boxing episodes and rarely observed actual physical contact among the combatants. On several occasions I did observe the beak grabbing behavior that is depicted in this image. Bernardo Wildlife Management Area, New Mexico, January 2018. Canon 5D IV, 500mm f/4 IS + 1.4 x, RRS TVC 33 tripod, ISO 640, 1/4000 second @ f/8.

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From Sandhill Cranes of Bernardo, New Mexico January 2018