Sandhill Cranes


I was pleased to have an ethanol plant shoot down in south-central Nebraska last week; it gave me a chance to spend a couple of hours pursuing the infamous migrating Sandhill Cranes along the Platte River.

We get cranes coming through South Dakota too, but not in these numbers. Something like 750,000 Sandhill Cranes congregate along the Platte each March and April between Grand Island and Kearney, Nebraska on their way to points north. I had one hour before sunset and one hour after the subsequent sunrise to shoot the majestic birds, then I had to be on my way. Wish I could have spent a couple of days doing this!


Above, the cranes are circling into their nighttime roosting grounds at sunset. Below, they are feeding in a nearby cornfield at dawn.