Friday, April 4, 2014

Wings on the Wind


The great spring congregation of some half million migrating sandhill cranes along Nebraska's Platte River Valley has now peaked and on the ebb. The cranes are now mostly on the wing in their big push to Canada, Alaska and Siberia. They are a sleek and beautiful creature in flight, as seen here silhouetted against a bright, but cloudy sky. It's little surprise to see why cranes are so revered by cultures the world over.

Will they continue to thrive and migrate as they do now or will global warming change their patterns and habitats or even their existence? We shall see, of course, but since they are among the oldest living birds on the planet and have existed over 34 million years, they have more than proven their ability to adapt.
Here, we're already looking forward to the awe and magic that their great numbers will bring again on next year's visit.



22 comments:

Indrani said...

Wow! What a sight! This is fantastic!

marilyn said...

I too, hope these beautiful creatures continue to adapt. I would love to see their migration. Thank You for sharing this small part of it.

Sylvia K said...

I do love your birds in flight!! Terrific capture as always!! Have a great weekend, Raf!!

Beth Niquette said...

Such grace and beauty--this photo fills my eyes. Which, is the greatest compliment I can give.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI That is a wonderful flight shot. Have a great weekend.

HansHB said...

Beautiful b&w post!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The silhouette shapes of these wings in flight are like some shadow drama. Most impressive.

Dragonstar said...

Great photo Raf. Beautiful shapes and a fine range of tones. Lovely.

ladyfi said...

Wow - so dreamy and gorgeous!

Gerald (SK14) said...

wonderful capture - the back and white treatment highlights the stark reality of migration

Stewart M said...

1/2 a million cranes in one area would be a remarkable thing to see - one day perhaps.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

LonettA said...

Brilliant photo in B&W! Wonderful contrast!

Pat said...

Beautiful image!

Taken For Granted said...

Beautiful photo of majestic birds on their long migration.

Pikkupirtin Lotta/Sirpa said...

Fantastic photo! Looks so beautiful in B&W :)

Jarek said...

Wow! Beautiful image. Wonderful contrast!

longbeachpeninsuladailyphoto said...

You've captured their beauty in flight perfectly. Your photos are always gorgeous!

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Lady Lilith said...

Wow. Wonderful Capture.

Kate said...

It's a great B&W photo showing those beautiful birds in flight. Wish I had been there to hear them.

amo sin blogg said...

Beautiful photo !!

Gattina said...

Gorgeous photo !