Friday’s post showed some synchronized landing action – today’s photo focuses on the the takeoff of the Sandhill Cranes. The takeoff is actually harder to get a good photo of. There are so many Cranes on the pond that it is almost impossible to get one without another 20 cranes in the photo just standing around. I found the best way to do it was to wait until most of the cranes had already left and then just focus on one of the closer groups and hope they leave while you are watching them. Luckily, the cranes seem to “point” by straightening out their back and starting to walk forward just before they take off. If you picked the right group, it is then possible to get an image of them starting to run/hop while beginning to flap their wings and thrusting themselves into the air…. I managed to get this shot of a couple of cranes in various stages of the liftoff with a nicely photogenic crane in the foreground showing us his/her beautiful plumage. Hope you enjoy.