When the opportunity presents, I wouldn't want to miss taking photos of wild animals and birds. I have never planned or consciously traveled to shoot wildlife photography. The distance of my lens only goes up to 200 mm. Perhaps the limited reach proximity of my zoom lens has kept me from pursuing wildlife photography.
Having read and told that between 20,000 to 23,000 migratory Sandhill Cranes will congregate within a small radius distance spurred my curiosity. Rick Spitzer’s email invitation and presented opportunity were hard to forgo. Rick Spitzer is the Co-Founder of the Vail Valley Art Guild Photographers, a Naturalist and Wildlife Photographer. His two other enthusiastic cohorts were Scott Pope and Allan Finney. They were prompt and determined.
I left later and had to catch up. Just over 3 hours total, I made it to the San Luis Valley in Alamosa. The plan was to meet the following morning at 5:30 am and drive to the National Wildlife Refuge.