Friday, March 29, 2013

Annual Sandhill Crane Migration

By Blaine McCartney

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Sandhill Cranes take off fly to the Platte River to roost for the evening on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. The end of March is the peak time for viewing the hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes that migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. Blaine McCartney/staff

Sandhill Cranes take off fly to the Platte River to roost for the evening on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. The end of March is the peak time for viewing the hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes that migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

A lone Sandhill Crane approaches for landing along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A lone Sandhill Crane approaches for landing along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Iola Jessup, of Soth River, Ontario, Canada, views Sandhill Cranes socializing along the Platte River from a blind on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Iola Jessup, of Soth River, Ontario, Canada, views Sandhill Cranes fly in to roost for the evening along the Platte River from a blind on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes begin flying in to roost overnight along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes begin flying in to roost overnight along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

 

Sandhill Cranes take flight from the shallow waters of the Platte River in search for food in nearby corn fields Thursday morning near Gibbonn, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes take flight from the shallow waters of the Platte River in search for food in nearby corn fields Thursday morning near Gibbonn, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Ralf Barfknecht, of Colonge, Germany, places a pin on a world map to show where he's from at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center prior to his blind trip to watch Sandhill Cranes roost along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. Blaine McCartney/staff

Ralf Barfknecht, of Colonge, Germany, places a pin on a world map to show where he’s from at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center prior to his blind trip to watch Sandhill Cranes roost along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

 

Sandhill Cranes socialize along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes socialize along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

 

Sandhill Cranes wander around in the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes wander around in the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

A large flock of Sandhill Cranes take off as others stick around the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A large flock of Sandhill Cranes take off as others stick around the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Mallard Duck passes through without much fanfare near some Sandhill Cranes along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Mallard Duck passes through without much fanfare near some Sandhill Cranes along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Sandhill Crane stretches its wings as it socializes along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Sandhill Crane stretches its wings as it socializes along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

 

Travis Turner, of Long Island, NY, checks out a pair of Sandhill Cranes circling over the sky above the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Travis Turner, of Long Island, NY, checks out a pair of Sandhill Cranes circling over the sky above the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

 

A Sandhill Crane takes off from the shallow waters of the Platte River in search for food on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Sandhill Crane takes off from the shallow waters of the Platte River in search for food on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes fill the evening sky along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes fill the evening sky along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes begin flying in to roost overnight along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes begin flying in to roost overnight along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes dance and socialize during the early morning hours along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes dance and socialize during the early morning hours along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Sandhill Crane stretches its wings as it socializes along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Sandhill Crane stretches its wings as it socializes along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

 

A Sandhill Crane calls out as it takes off from the safety of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Sandhill Crane calls out as it takes off from the safety of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A flock of Sandhill Cranes approach to land along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A flock of Sandhill Cranes approach to land along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes socialize along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes socialize along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Sandhill Crane takes off from the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

A Sandhill Crane takes off from the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sally O'Byrne, of Willimington, Del., views the Sandhill Cranes from a blind along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sally O’Byrne, of Wilmington, Del., views the Sandhill Cranes from a blind along the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

Sandhill Cranes take flight from the shallow waters of the Platte River in search for food in nearby corn fields Thursday morning near Gibbonn, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes take flight from the shallow waters of the Platte River in search for food in nearby corn fields Thursday morning near Gibbonn, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes socialize along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes socialize along the shallow waters of the Platte River on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Sandhill Cranes approach the Platte River against the setting sun to roost for the evening on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. Blaine McCartney/staff

Sandhill Cranes approach the Platte River against the setting sun to roost for the evening on Wednesday near Gibbon, Neb. End of March is the peak moment for hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes to migrate north into Canada and as far as Siberia to breed. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Rick Tucker says ...

    Nice Work Blaine, Give me a call next year when you come to Kearney for the Cranes . Best Wishes Rick

    Posted at 5:56 pm on March 30, 2013

  2. Kay Rosenthal says ...

    GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be sure to show my Mom on her 92nd bday today- she always loved to drive out to see the Sandhill cranes. K

    Posted at 6:16 pm on April 6, 2013

  3. Mike Schilling says ...

    Very nice photography, Blaine. The sunset shots of the sandhill cranes are absolutely stunning!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your photos. Mike S.

    Posted at 5:50 pm on April 21, 2013

  4. Dorothy Gibbs says ...

    These are just great – such a lovely 86th birthday present to received from Lockwood friends! Fun to see some of the people and the “blind” views, too. Thanks so much, Katharine.

    Posted at 7:35 am on May 8, 2013

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