Just After O’dark Thirty

Just After O'dark Thirty

Just After O’dark Thirty  Why awake and be on location by o’dark thirty?  Photogs know all to well.  Moreover, photographers as well as bird watchers, nature lovers, and many others will gather, as they do every year in mid March, to see the Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River in Nebraska. The cranes lift off the river just after sunrise.  In this image, they are still roosting on the river just below the horizon.  They leave the river in flocks sometimes numbering in the thousands, even tens of thousands.

O’dark Thirty Plus

O'dark Thirty Plus

O’dark Thirty Plus  Yes, it’s just after o’dark thirty along the Platte River.  We wait for the Sandhill Cranes to rise en masse.  The sun will soon reveal tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes waiting for light to leave sandbars for the corn fields.  Yep, it’s one of those moments.  Hope to see one of those moments again.

Platte River Sunset

Platte River Sunset

Platte River Sunset  The Platte River in central Nebraska, during late February, March, and Early April, provides us with a unique opportunity to experience Sandhill Cranes by the thousands.  This image was captured near one of the bridges crossing the river just after sunset.  The black dots in the sky are Sandhill Cranes coming to roost for the night on the swallow sand bars of the river where they can hear predators before they get too close.  And, the landscape images can also be stunning like this Platte River Sunset.