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Taken 30-Mar-10
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Dimensions3834 x 2479
Original file size5.77 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken30-Mar-10 20:00
Date modified23-Jul-10 22:35
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Focal length0 mm
Exposure1/90 at f/1
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modeAverage
Sunset at Ft. Kearney

Sunset at Ft. Kearney

Wildlife gathers on the Platte River during the annual Sandhilll Crane migration.

I took my 8-year-old daughter, who loves both animals and photography, with me to watch the Sandhill Crane migration this year. 500,000 4-foot-tall birds stop in central Nebraska for six weeks each year en route from Mexico to Siberia. They spend their days foraging for food in cornfields near the river, but at night, they seek shelter from animals on the wide, clear sandbars of the Platte River. It's quite a sight to see 10,000 squawking birds in one spot. Better yet, they all land and take off at roughly the same time each sunset and sunrise. It's only a two hour drive from our house, so we made it into a 24 hour camping trip. I captured this shot from an old railroad (now hike+bike) bridge in Ft. Kearney State Rec Area.

This shot received honorable mention at the 2010 Nebraska State Fair photography competition.