Sandhill Cranes FLOAT! Seriously! They are huge birds, but they hang in the air and gently float to earth like a child's balloon drifting out of the sky. It's incredible!
Look at this guy drifting in for a landing. He doesn't flap or flutter or dive; he just stands still in the sky and ever-so-slowly descends. Tom shot this series of a single crane in flight, and I think the photos are phenomenal!
Here he is just a little closer to ground . . .
And this is one of my very favorite Sandhill Crane shots - check out the humongous wingspan of this bird as he softly lowers himself to solid ground. He barely moved a muscle during the entire descent!
Even more surprising is that these gentle giants float UPWARDS, too! When you think of Sandhill Cranes, think of an apparently weightless Muhammad Ali-like bird who 'floats like a butterfly' through the endless skies out west. If you can imagine such a seemingly impossible image, you'll be well prepared for seeing your first Sandhill Crane in flight!