I recently took a trip to the International Crane Foundation – near Baraboo/Lake Delton, Wisconsin. All fifteen of the world’s Cranes are housed in this facility. These birds are indescribably beautiful and graceful. No other opportunity or venue exists, that I’m aware of, allowing such close examination of the birds in surroundings that are comfortable for the animal and human visitor.
Here are a couple of photos of a Sandhill Crane, the most common crane in North America.
The bird that I found most compellingly photogenic is the Siberian Crane. This bird looks like an evil monk: