Crows bathing in the Rio Grande in the late afternoon.
Video of the crows bathing.
The Pterodactyl was sunbathing in a cottonwood and took a flight when he got tired of the paparazzo photographing him. He landed on another cottonwood across the ditch. No sooner than he settled in, another Pterodactyl flew in a took his place.
60 thoughts on “Bathing Under Blue Skies”
Pterodactyl Airlines made a lot of flights!
They seemed to like circling around. Thanks, Lavina.
These are great! Thanks for so many images. I bet that bath was COLD! 😊
I’m sure it was cold, but the crows loved it. Thanks, Susan.
They do look like pterodactyls! And that was definitely a communal bath!
Crows like Romans and Japanese go for comunal baths. I posted Vultures bathing in August 2019: https://wp.me/p1yQyy-4zb
I can see that!
That was cool, too! They look like eagles when they are in flight but so not in the bath!
Vultures are beautiful in flight, but they are very ugly perched and on the ground.
That is for sure!
The shots directly above “Ready” and “Incoming” are definitely pterosaurs-like. Here in Indiana you rarely see a murder of crows anymore. Three to four is most I’ve seen together in a while.
We have thousands of crows and cranes. The most pterodactyls I’ve see together is 4. Thanks, Maj & Sher.
Darn crows are always so noisy! That crane has you on the radar.
I like listening to crows and cranes. The Great Blue Heron, which is the pterodactyl, sounds like what I believe a pterodactyl would sound like. It’s like a loud growling squawk. They have scared the crap out of me flying up in front of me in the dark making their loud terrifying squawk.
You put some work into this one, Tim. Thanks.
The Pterodactyl looks alot like a modern wat heron. Is it family ?
They may be related. Thanks, Harry.
So wonderful to see these blue skies. Truly. Thank you
You are welcome, Shey. One of the many nice things about New Mexcio.
Oh I can imagine. Dreichling rain here.
Cold, dark and wet. No fun. No fun at all.
You are right. Here is hoping today will be a bit better. Can’t tell, pitch dark at the mo. 8.10 am
It’s 7:35 and the sun is coming up.
Real prehistoric images Timothy 😉 😉 😉
Oh….. I just love those crows bathing!!!! [I’ve got this thing for crows! 😉 ]
Great shots of the …Pterodactyl too!
Thanks, Marina. Crows are cool birds.
Wow…. Love these shots Tim… One as others have said Pterodactyl looking… Glad there not LOL..
Hope your week is going well..
Thanks, Sue. We call the GBHs pterodactyls because they really have the look and the screeching squawk I would imagine pterodactyls would have. They are also around the same size as pterodactyls.
Now I always thought they were HUGE… lol….. But maybe watched too many movies when younger behind the settee.. 🙂
Pteranodons were huge with wingspans over 7 meters. They are used in scary dinosaur movies. Pterodactyls were much smaller about the size of Great Blue Herons.
Thanks for telling me the difference… I was never a dinosaur fan lol.. 🙂
TV and movies get them all mixed up. There were a lot of dinosaurs in New Mexico way back when. Lots of dinosaur remains have been found in NM. Here’s a post I did on the Bisti Badlands in 2015: https://photos.tandlphotos.com/blog/2015/11/where-the-dinosaurs-roamed
Wow Tim… Loved the petrified trees… Such striking scenery. Many thanks for sharing…
I thought you might enjoy seeing that landscape. It’s so stark and fascinating.
One day I hope to photograph these amazing cranes. Great shots.
You posted a photo of a white pterodactyl. Thanks, Teri.
I still want to capture it’s cousin the crane.
Oh, Yeah. You don’t get cranes?
We get them but they are usually further north than where we are. I saw them once this year but they were waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy far away on the other side of the pond.
You need a longer lens.
They don’t make one long enough for where they were.
A 2400mm wouldn’t do? https://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?News=35096
That thing is almost as tall as I am!!! Don’t want to know the cost!
Le long lens. I think a Canon 600mm lens is around $10K. Then there’s the adapters.
Fabulous pics, & neat video. It’s like a bird sanctuary where you live!
There is a sign at the bridge going into the bosque that says it’s a good bird watching area.
Your pterodactyls are so prehistoric looking, fascinating birds!
Thy are cool. We love them. Thanks, Tiffany.
I loved the video Tim, I have never seen that many in one spot and great photos of the Blue Heron, their wing spans are so impressive. 🙂
very well done blog, my compliments!
Lovely post. Gave me a couple of very happy thoughts: the contrast of the darkness of the bathing crows, and my daft attachment to…(Duran Duran’s “Rio”)…”dancing in the sand” 🤦
Then memories of my dad (sadly missed) telling of the Pterodactyl’s that he spotted as a kid (I wander if they might have been herons?)…no! Definitely Pterodactyls!
Your dad saw pterodactyls in his youth, not doubt. I’m happy you got some happy thoughts and nice memories for the crows and pters. Thanks, Kay.
Those crows sure are raucous! Awesome heron shots Tim … 🙂
A great video, the birds are very noisy.