Wildlife photography of three Sandhill Cranes flying in close formation over Bosque del Apache in New Mexico

A flight of three Sandhill Cranes look uncannily like aircraft in close formation as they soar over the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Their precision is less surprising in light of the fact that Sandhill Cranes are also amazing dancers, stretching their wings, throwing their heads, bowing and leaping in elegant dances to attract mates and take the measure of competition. They live for decades and mate for life sometime between two and five years old.