While photographing the Sandhill Crane migration in Nebraska this spring, this unassuming Killdeer walked out of the cornfield towards me and stopped for a while, probably to check to see if the coast was clear before continuing on. Following close behind was its mate. Surprise moments like these are pretty special, especially when birding for another species. It's the unexpected that is oftentimes more meaningful and emotional. That was certainly the case for me, and if you're a birder, you know exactly what I mean. For this Killdeer to be in a cornfield wasn't unusual, but the only birds I was paying attention to were the Sandhill Cranes... that is until this little beauty came out of nowhere and quietly stood just feet away.