April 5, 2011

Sandhill Cranes, Platte River

Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Half a million sandhill cranes pause on the Platte River in Nebraska to fatten up on corn waste, worms, and other food in nearby fields. The break occurs on their spring flight from Mexico and the southern U.S. to breeding grounds in the far north.

See more pictures from the October 2010 feature story "Animal Migrations."

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Years ago, we used to camp along the Platte in March (it was so COLD!) and canoe the river during the migration. It was one of the most beautiful sites to behold and experience. The resonance of the crane call, oh how it permeates the soul, creates a cacophony of peace and tranquil connectedness. This picture takes me back 30 years. Thanks for posting NG.

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