Sandhill Cranes along the Platte
Each spring, hundreds of thousands of
Sandhill Cranes migrate north through the center of the North American
continent and spend time along the Platte River in Nebraska. These
cranes are on their way to breeding grounds, and take
advantage of food and relatively safe roosting in the shallow river
water. Here are a few photographs from my short, 12 hour, trip in late March 2007.
Several large flocks of birds took
off and spiraled up and up as they set out for the next leg of their
Feeding in corn fields by day
Sunrise along the Platte River
Crane watchers crowding the
Hike/Bike bridge near Kearney on a Friday evening
The day ends with huge flocks of
cranes flying to safe roosting spots in the river.