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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sandhill cranes in golden reflection.

Sandhill cranes are dependent upon shallow bodies of water. This is where they roost in the winter, and it is their only protection from predators.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: New Mexico, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Copyright: © Gordon Illg