I’ve talked before about how beautiful the evening fly-in can be; with thousands of Sandhill Cranes or Geese (or all at once) coming in to the refuge in the last light of the day, vocalizing and settling in for the night. My reaction is visceral, and the sound of the call of the Sandhill Crane touches me somewhere deep inside; when hundreds or thousands are calling at once, it’s indescribable.
And some nights, you combine that with some really beautiful color during the sunset, and the evening because magical. I love photographing at that moment because you can come home with some really beautiful images.
If you’ve never gotten out to a refuge for a sunset and evening fly-in, you really need to. I can explain how beautiful and moving it is, but you won’t really understand until you experience it.
Recently, Laurie and I went out for a day trip and ended up near Lodi at the Isenberg Crane Refuge, and we had that stunning combination of a beautiful sunset and the birds putting on a show, and these happened.