Uploaded: April 08, 2013 03:47:42


Some of the many sandhill cranes that are landing on the sandbars of the Platte River, at Rowe Sanctuary near Kearney, Nebraska. During the day, they eat in the farmers' fields. And at sunset, they head back to the Platte River.

There are tens of thousands of cranes that stay for about one month along a 50 mile stretch of river, before they head to Alaska and northern Canada. They'll all be gone within a week or so, I think.

F5.6, 1/1000th sec, ISO 800, 210mm focal length

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.67, ExposureTime: 1/1000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 210.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Ken Smith level-classic April 08, 2013

Two more... #1522951

Claudia Kuhn level-classic April 08, 2013

Gorgeous glowing light to silhouette the beautiful cranes. It must be a great sight and I can only imagine the sounds. #10645331

Michelle Alton April 08, 2013

Nat Geo competition here, Ken. Wow! #10645333

William C. Raco level-classic April 08, 2013

Beautiful photos, all, Ken
It must be an amazing place to be. #10645506

Linda D. Lester level-classic April 08, 2013

Next year for sure....beautiful shot! #10645603

John Connolly April 08, 2013

What a fantastic place and outstanding images Ken! You have some brilliant sunset scenes here! #10645826

Ken Beatty April 08, 2013

Stunning... #10646112

Stefania Barbier level-addict April 09, 2013

WOW!!! #10646412

Kathryn Wesserling April 11, 2013

It would have been a stunning Sunset picture even without the three descending Cranes. With them, it's a truly incredible sight. #10649580

Cindy Bendush level-classic April 11, 2013

Great timing Ken - this is magical! Love them all :-) #10649797

Donna La Mattino Pagakis April 29, 2013

Wow, wow, wow.... What beautiful imagery, thanks for sharing Ken! #10673301

Gail Vitikacs level-classic May 26, 2013

Fabulous month Mr. Smith! All beautiful! #10707806

Tammy Espino May 26, 2013

Congrats again Ken, this is a beauty!! #10707964

Donna La Mattino Pagakis May 27, 2013

Whooo hooo, excellent finalist. Huge congratulations Ken! #10708504


I loved this Ken! And congratulations on ALL your finalist..very well deserved too!

jo ann c. #10708997

Debra R. Harder May 27, 2013

Beautiful image at the magic hour, Ken! You gotta love those three birds in the upper lefthand corner. Perfect! Huge congratulations on another gorgeous finalist!! #10709088

Emile Abbott level-deluxe May 27, 2013

Loved them all and congrats on another wonderful finalist Ken. #10709325

John Connolly May 27, 2013

Congratulations on your finalists Ken! Four well deserved awards! #10709916

Renee Doyle May 27, 2013

Awesome!!! Big congrats on this outstanding capture and wonderful finalist Ken!! #10710056

Eivor Kuchta May 27, 2013

The three flying cranes make this image just perfect! Beautiful in every way! Congratulations on your finalist, Ken, and good luck in the next round! #10710312

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe May 27, 2013

Another beautiful image, Ken! Congratulations! #10710934

Michael Frazier level-classic May 28, 2013

Sr. congrats on a great finalist. #10711571

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 28, 2013

The 3 in the air make this really fantastic! Congratulations! #10711655

Jill Odice level-classic May 28, 2013

A huge congrats on all your beautiful finalists Ken! #10711905

Merna L. Nobile June 01, 2013

It is such an honor to be able to congratulate each and every one of you for your winning photographs for the month of April, 2013. Merna Nobile

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