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Courtship of the Sandhill Cranes by Dawne Olson

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The largest congregation of Sandhill Cranes takes place along an 80 mile stretch of the Platte river near Gibbon, Nebraska. While stopping over during late April and March, the cranes will forage on nearby cornfields adding critical weight for the long flights ahead … some for destinations as far away as Siberia. The cranes also use this time to form strong pair bonds expressed through elaborate dance. The interaction between these two is only one of many “poses” I captured during a dance that lasted probably ten or fifteen minutes.


crane, sand, hill, river, cranes, dance, pose, sandhill, gibbon, migration, nebraska, platte, olson, dawne


  • linaji
    linajiabout 6 years ago

    What an amazing series!! I love this Dawne.. you are so lucky to have been here..ohhh this Rocks!

  • Ha! Thank you very much!! You would not believe how cold it was!! I drove 5 hours in a snowstorm to spend the night at river’s edge! (I’d do it again though) :0)

    – Dawne Olson

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 6 years ago

    great timing to get this shot….

  • Angel Perry
    Angel Perryabout 6 years ago

    Great capture. Lovely birds.

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 6 years ago

    Beautifully captured, good job!!

  • Thank you Marvin… I appreciate your comment.

    – Dawne Olson

  • Shell59
    Shell59about 6 years ago

    Indeed great captures of a great theme and subject!
    Congrads Dawne!

  • Thanks Mike… you know the challenges that came with it! ;0)

    – Dawne Olson

  • Leslie Wood
    Leslie Woodabout 6 years ago

    Terrific captures!!! I love the whole series!

  • Thanks Leslie! I wish I could post a video for just this image. It was fascinating!

    – Dawne Olson

  • teewolf1
    teewolf1about 6 years ago


  • You liked it! I’m so glad. Thanks for the ‘fave’ :0)

    – Dawne Olson

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpolealmost 6 years ago

    What a fab shot. So clear and well defined, well presented. Lovely. So are the others in the series

  • Catherine Sherman
    Catherine Shermanover 5 years ago

    Your photography is so beautiful! You’ve photographed some of my favorite places with a fresh vision. Gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to see these sandhill cranes. You make me feel as if I’m there!

  • Thank you Catherine, I’m so glad you stopped by to enjoy them. The whole experience of seeing them in person ranks in my top 10 best… I hope you will go some day to view the migration. It is unforgettable.

    – Dawne Olson

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