These beautiful birds are a part of the 500,000 sandhill cranes making a brief visit along Nebraska's Platte River for rest and nourishment. It's estimated that they will add 20 percent of their body weight during a four to five week period of feeding in surrounding farmlands before their big push north. During our visit to the Platte yesterday, there were thousands of these large birds everywhere in the fields and sky. 80 percent of all the migrating cranes on the planet make their stop here for R and R. Although some twenty million other migrating birds also visit this short stretch along the Platte, there were few to be seen yesterday. Many of the two million snow geese, for instance, have come and gone. It's believed the sandhill cranes have congregated here on the Platte for some 10 thousand years during one of the earth's greatest migrations.
Omaha Lens is an effort to record and post images about day-to-day life seen through the lens of my camera, both in and around the Omaha area of the U.S heartland and from my travels elsewhere.
Hope you enjoy your visit.