One thing you have to know about my friend Nigel is that he loves to take photos of birds. He always wants to get out and photograph them. There is a little obsession about getting “that shot” of the Sandhill Crane. Problem is the buggers are always out of lens range and usually hanging out on private property so we can never get close enough. Today that was about to change. After driving to the secret spot (I can’t remember where we went) we parked and scoured the area for the elusive bird. After giving up and deciding to check out another area a crane decided to fly straight for us and land in the field not 10 feet from the car.
OMG! I couldn’t believe this was happening.
After letting him/her get used to the car I slowly got out and proceeded to set up my tripod and take lots of photos before it decided to leave. Surprisingly it didn’t care that we were there at all and we had no issues getting a little trigger happy.
It was amazing luck to have this bird grace us with its presence. In the dozens of times we’ve tried to photograph the Sandhill Crane this was the crowning moment. This may not happen again, or it might, but I’m so glad to have had the chance to be so close to it.