A tall, slender crane with grey and brown plumage throughout most of its body. The head is scarlet red on top, fading to whitish/grey toward the neck. Feet and beak are black.
Backwaters of the Mississippi River.
While photographing this individual, who was with another, we did get to hear the vocalizations calling to another pair across the levee. Very difficult to describe, so they can be heard at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sand....