07 Jun 13. Having made the decision that I wanted to spend some time working the marsh, I pulled the vehicle far enough off the road to enable my being there not affect the fast moving traffic whizzing past me. As I was walking from one end of the marsh to the other shooting the area from different perspectives, I noticed what looked to be some trash on a pile of reeds which was a bit disturbing. As I got closer, I reassessed what I was seeing and I now thought I was viewing the remains of some unfortunate creature. I worked my way closer only to discover my deceased critter was a crane sitting on a nest of eggs. No matter what I did, and I was careful in everything I did do, the bird never moved off the nest and kept a sharp eye out for me. I'm thinking this was a Sandhill Crane, as they are reported to nest in Utah at the higher elevations in meadows and wetlands, and this was indeed a wetland at about 9000 feet just outside Park City, Utah. I couldn't get close enough - fence in the way - to get the shot I wanted, so I've had to do a little work on this one to make it presentable by some severe cropping, softening of all but the bird, and a bit of cloning. The image was quite sharp overall originally, but that much sharpness made it very difficult to see the bird, so I've made her a lot more conspicuous. Do zoom in on her as she is really sharp. If I were going to compete this image I would additionally clone out all the grass immediately in front of her, but by leaving it in you get an idea as to how well she was hidden. A casual walk by the site would not reveal the bird at all; you would have to be studying the area, as I was, to ever notice something there. A very lucky find is all I can say. Not all however, was so lucky which we'll save for another image. D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/640 sec @ f / 7.1.