Taking off on ice is not an easy task for Sandhill Cranes. Normally, they splash a few steps through the water and they’re airborne. On the ice, it’s a totally different effort. They don’t have treads on the bottoms of their feet to give them traction so they slip-slide across the ice as they try to run to take off. Their antics are quite funny to watch. This sequence of three shots, taken in the early morning glow of sunrise, shows a little of that as one Sandhill Crane hurtles across the ice in an attempt to get airborne.