Deep in the heart of the Aurukun Wetlands, in Cape York, I could hear them calling in the early morning breeze.
The only problem was that we were on a charter boat in the middle of a river and they were somewhere on the land.
So it meant getting the speed boat out and going searching for them. And then needing a very long lens because there was no way we would be able to get anywhere near to this warbling couple.
Whenever I can't get close enough to a wild animal to fill the frame I always look for an interesting place to put them within the frame.
I was watching them as they walked across the plane towards the distant trees and was hoping against hope that they would walk towards this strand of really interesting looking melaleuca gum trees.
Fortunately for me they walked to exactly the right spot and then proceeded to raise their heads to the sky and call.
There is nothing quite like the call of wild brolgas and it's even more special in the early morning in the wilds of far north Queensland.