2012 - Looking back, part 3

Sandhill Crane  

March was a great month for wildlife photography this year. The mild winter with almost no snow on the ground led to an early return of many birds from the South in the Green Island Wetlands along the Mississippi. I spent almost every free minute out there watching the birds and shooting like crazy.

I had several opportunities to see the Sandhill Cranes this spring. This one here has its beak covered with mud from sticking it deep into the ground and searching for food. I still like to be a little closer to the cranes, but what you can't see is a wide water filled trench between me and the Sandhill Crane that prevented this approach. What can I say, spending time with these wonderful birds is always a treat for me and that's why this image made it into my "2012-looking back" series.