This was a beautiful day and the Sandhill cranes were in a nice late afternoon sun. It was very windy and cold.
Although they are mostly grey they have "rust" highlight in part from pruning their feathers with iron rich mud.
This one dropped a little down feather from his right wing...
... which you can see trailing here!
"Hey get out of there !"
Some were looking at my long lens with curiosity/anxiety
A more vertical posture before landing
Big birds with wingspan from 160-230 cm !