Sandhill Migration

March 28, 2016  •  2 Comments


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2.Bruce McCammon(non-registered)
That's outrageous. At the Bosque it seems the cranes depart in small groups rather than as a mass. Very impressive.
1.Pete Bengeyfield
I went down to the Platte River near Kearny, Nebraska last week to photograph the sandhill crane migration, and it was an experience that lived up to all the hype it gets. We had reserved an overnight blind from Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary. The cranes stop over here during their migration in March to "fuel up" in the surrounding grain fields for their trip northern breeding grounds. At night they all fly in to the river to roost in the water as a deterrent to predators. This year there was a record 400,000 cranes in the Sanctuary at one time. The blinds let you stay over night right on the riverbank, wit the cranes 100 ft. in front of you, and as far us and down river that you can see. Pretty impressive. In thee evening they fly in right at dusk, but in the morning they leave in smaller groups and stick around until about 9 AM. This shot is at the height of the morning fly-out. More images are in the sandhill crane gallery.
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