I have tried photographing sandhill cranes before but they are quite wary of people. It is very difficult to get close enough for a decent photo without scaring the flock away. In order to take these photos I had to spend about a half hour approaching them very slowly crawling on the ground so they wouldn't see me. At one point 2 cranes from the flock spotted me. They took off and flew about 20 feet above me to check me out. They didn't raise the alarm as I kept my face to the ground and was lying very still. It was a real exercise in patience that paid off.