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Standing motionless, a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) studies the tide for unsuspecting prey, La Jolla, California. The greatest threat to Snowy Egrets is loss of habitat; shallow fresh and salt water wetlands must be preserved and kept pollution free to ensure the survival of this species.
At sunrise, a Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) dances across the water in anticipation to fly. Although large and heavy, Cranes are surprisingly elegant and nimble.
Warm light and the constantly changing hues of orange, pink, and purple is perhaps the most alluring aspect of Bosque del Apache. I would suggest that the landscape graces the wildlife and it is no wonder that the Apache people wanted to dwell in this inspiring place. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, December 2016.
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