Never mind that the Sandhill Crane was way out of my usual route. I checked the spot where the bird was last seen and it wasn't there. That meant that I had to go in search of this very large bird. I checked one possible location and came upon a Hudsonian Godwit. I had to stay and photograph that. Then I checked the most likely spot and what should I see but a raptor snag a European Starling, right out of the air. I had to follow the raptor to try to get pictures, and I did. I have sent them to someone to confirm identification and I will post it soon.
Finally, things calmed down a bit and I went to the spot and waited. Right on cue, the Sandhill Crane walked up over the horizon. I had a good look with my binoculars and then started taking pictures. It was quite a distance, likely a 100 yards. I had decided to sit in my car and wait for it to move closer to me. Things were going well, when out of the blue, a couple with their cameras appeared on the other side of the field. They moved closer and closer to the crane and as expected, it started to run.
Well, I have to give this up know and start the cleaning that I intended to do before I got so distracted.