Sandhill Cranes: Northward Migratory Stop on the Platte River Collection
Photographs of Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River east of Kearney Nebraska. All of these photographs were taken in 2011, in fog and very overcast weather, hence the muted colors and hazy, mysterious look. It\'s unlikely for the weather to remain overcast for this long of a stretch at a time.
The Cranes have stopped here for millennia to rest and greatly increase their fat reserves for their long migration northward. Some of the Cranes migrate to the northern reaches of Alaska, and even across the Bering Strait to far eastern Russia.
This area of the Platter River provides the Cranes with essential, safe places to roost in the river over night. The ecology of this stretch of the Platte is quite fragile and is critical to the continued existence of these ancient bird species!
Over half a million Cranes will stop here on their route northward to bare and raise their young before coming back south in the fall.
Watching and photographing these large water birds is quite amazing and magical, and the sound of the huge numbers of Cranes is an unforgettable experience.
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