Egrets and herons fly with legs extended and necks curved back. Such neck-curved birds are graceful enough, but give an impression of Sunday aviators out for a turn around the field. Not so with the cranes. Flying cranes are like flung javelins, their necks and legs fully extended, reaching hungrily for distance. They are compass needles pointed north, spanning great gulfs of northern sky and taking their journeys seriously.
John Madson, Out Home