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087 CRANE RIVER - SANDHILL CRANES
Sandhill Cranes, Rowe Sanctuary, Platte River, Nebraska. Layers of cranes on the Platte River trace the shallow underwater sandbars they require for river roost habitat during spring migration. This early April morning was a vintage day for watching cranes. With warm temperatures overnight, the cranes lingered on the roost until mid-morning, when they began to leave in small waves out to the fields and grasslands to feed. A few days later, this same roost was one tenth of the size it was before, as many of the cranes left the sanctuary of the Platte and headed north on migration, pushed by warm southerly breezes towards the rim of the world.