Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Great Grus Canadensis Gathering

Here they come! They do it at this time every year. About a half million sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) congregate along an eighty mile stretch of Nebraska's Platte River for several weeks in order to rest, feed and fatten up before continuing their migration north to nesting grounds in Canada, Alaska and even Siberia. It is truly one of the great spectacles of nature and a birder's delight. They arrive in waves from various southern wintering grounds beginning in mid February and continue until early April. In the weeks ahead I hope to make several posts with current photos and information about the extraordinary sandhill crane gathering and possibly a few pics of some of the other estimated 300 species that will also be passing through on their northbound journey.

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19 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Truly amazing. What a great image.
A sight I would like to see. MB

Sylvia K said...

What an awesome capture, Raf!! Beautiful bird in flight and a moon as well!! Fantastic! Hope your week is going well!!

Powell River Books said...

Must be an amazing migration. Yesterday I was in town and heard birds singing in the trees. A few days ago I saw a small flock of Oregon Juncos bouncing along the snow covered log boom in front of our cabin. Spring can't be too far away! - Margy

Kate said...

We;ll be passing through Kearney toward the end of March and hope to see those beauties then.

Roger Owen Green said...

Migratory creatures are so interesting to me.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Gordon said...

Great shot to get the Crane and the moon
All the best Gordon.

Carole M. said...

great to see in flight

Leslie: said...

We have sandhill cranes at our local bird sanctuary, but I've never seen them in the air. It must be quite a sight to see.

Leslie
abcw team

Janice Adcock said...

Great shot. Look forward to upcoming posts.

LOLfromPasa said...

Wow! I am impressed!!

Thanks for the tip. I will give it a try :).

ladyfi said...

Wow - I'm speechless!

Linley S said...

Wow, that's a great capture, the crane alone would have been beautiful, but with the moon as well, that's just magnificent. Looking forward to seeing more.

jo-hanna said...

Fancy having such a continueing spectacle on your doorstep. That waning moon is such a splendid accompaniment.
Sky Poet

Dorothee said...

wow!

TexWisGirl said...

what a wonderful shot!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great photograph. I don't believe that I have ever seen a sandhill crane. My loss.

Stewart M said...

What a great image - I really like it!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jarek said...

What a great image.

Karl Demetz said...

Wow, great image !