12 Jan We Solved Another Puzzle
We Solved Another Puzzle
Good news! We solved another puzzle.
If you’re an astute observer of birds, you may notice that something is missing in the above photo of a Sandhill Crane.
Sandhill Cranes have long legs that extend way behind them as they fly. (After reading this post, please go to my home page to see a photo of a Sandhill Crane with legs.)
So what’s happening here?
It’s cold. Really cold. Sunrise temperatures were 13 F (-10 C) on the morning when I took this photo.
It was so cold that ice had formed on top of the water that this bird stood in during the night. When morning came, the bird had to wiggle its legs free and then step up onto the ice before it could fly.
As you might imagine, after spending a night standing in ice cold water, this bird had cold toes.
But birds are smart.
Once in the air, the bird folded its legs, tucking them under its body feathers. That served to warm its toes and conserve body heat during its flight to a feeding area.
The photo was taken at Bosque del Apache, near San Antonio, NM.
Find more info about this wildlife refuge: Friends of the Bosque del Apache