Crane Dance

Sunset on the Sandias with cranes in the foreground from Southbend.

Just after sunrise one of the cranes made quite a show of dancing for another crane. There are 21 photos in the sequence with three intermissions. At the end of the post, I included an animated GIF that shows the crane dance in motion.

Quarter moon at sunset.

Daddy Owl slept through the show.

44 thoughts on “Crane Dance

  1. I love how the one that is being danced “to” is just standing there, like.. show me what you got! And don’t stop… I’m not sure yet whether you will pass muster!

    • Hi Dale. The one crane is pretty indifferent. Often they have spats and both cranes are engaged. This one only one was engaged in trying to get the other one’s attention, and seemingly not being all that successful from our point-of-view.

  2. Awesome photos! I wonder if they dance just for the joy of it. I’ve noticed groups of ducks doing intricate diving and quacking rituals outside mating season and wondered if they’re just to maintain dominance or just playing around. Something I must look into…

  3. Luv the GIF! So much fun watching them dance. Is it a mating thing?
    Anyway, the dance GIF went perfect to some Jimmy Reed I was listening to.
    The Canada Geese don’t seem very impressed. I’ll bet they think they are better dancers than the crane.

  4. And I thought turkeys put on a good dance… Tim all these shots are so clear and perfectly lit. It’s amazing to think that you took them so close together.
    That was quite a dance marathon. Even the geese look impressed. Well done to Mr. Crane. Hugs on the wing!

  5. So pretty….
    I dont dont know why I attempt to pick a fave…
    I like the 6th pic…the moon pic and almost all the crane pics as my favourites…….I should stop picking next time….they’re all so good Tim…πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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