Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just Rejuvenating

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.

Contributor to:   ABC Wednesday    Wild Bird Wednesday  

11 comments:

jeannettestgermain said...

Must have been an amazing sight to see hundreds of birds! Envious:)

Kate said...

Some of my friends just made a trip there to see the birds, and we will stop on our drive back to Minnesota in 9 days.

Larry said...

Beautiful shot of the Sandhill Cranes!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, amazing indeed, Raf!! Such a fantastic capture!! Thanks so much for sharing! Hope your week is going well!!

Leslie: said...

We have a few at the bird sanctuary here and I love photographing them up close. Love the colours.

Leslie
abcw team

Ashley Beolens said...

What an amazing site 500000 cranes must make! Very jealous, we don't have anything like that in the UK (one or two cranes is a rarity)

cieldequimper said...

That's a lot of birds. Gorgeous shot!

Shey Wicklund said...

This is absolutely amazing. Lovely capture and would love to see this for myself.

Roger Owen Green said...

They bring such joy.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

They're beautiful. How amazing to see so many birds at once.

Pat said...

A wonderful sight!