Shooting as we do, often we cast our gaze to the closest objects of interest. Several nights ago, confronted with a wealth of sandhill cranes, I looked all around at a plentitude of cranes, flying, landing, eating, and it was indeed a rich shooting environment. But while shooting one crane, I realised the crane was watching something else, something of an obvious interest to it, and as I depressed the shutter, it became obvious that I should look elsewhere. And so my attention shifted, and I saw flashes of red and black flitting rapidly around against a richly toned background of autumn. In the sparest shortest of instants, the time of a shutter click, they were gone. D100, 200-400mm AFS/VR, TC17EII, processed in NC, cropped in PS-CS Look up, look down, and look all around. Always shoot. John P.