Sunday, October 23, 2011
The same morning my Mom and I were running around at 6am running into bison in the road and photographing the sunrise, she made it her mission to find Sandhill Cranes.
Being ADD really helps in situations like these. I've always had an uncanny ability to spot something very tiny in the middle of craziness. Anyways, we were heading back to the hotel and still hadn't seen any cranes until suddenly I told her to pull the car over. Almost immediately, the brakes were slammed and I jumped out of the car before my Mom could even come to a full stop.
I started running out into a field with my Mom yelling in the background asking what I saw. Yelling back I told her, "I don't know but I think I saw something move out there!"
A minute later, she caught up and sure enough way out in the distance we saw three birds. My Mom being the expert bird watcher knew right away they were the Sandhill Cranes and now it was just a matter of making sure we got the shot.
Changing lenses as fast as humanly possible, I switched to the 50-200mm zoom lens and only got off two shots as the birds, noticing our presence, took off. Luckily, one of my shots actually caught them and this was the result.