Night Stream by Dawne Olson

I spent a night in a photo blind at the edge of the Platte river in order to photograph the Sandhill cranes. The birds are very wary and this was one way to hopefully get a better vantage point as they came in to roost in the evening. I was discouraged at first that the night of my reservation proved to be very cloudy and by the time the majority of the birds had come to rest on the sandbars it was mostly dark. Determined to go away with whatever I could get, I set my camera for a longer shutter speed and was really pleased to capture both the motion of the current and the slow graceful movements of the birds as they preened and waded in the shallow water. I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to be in early Spring when the Sandhill Cranes migrate by the hundreds of thousands and use this 80 mile stretch of shallow river as their safe haven while they rest, gain weight for their long flight, and establish life long partnerships through elaborate dance.


  • Gaurav Dhup
    Gaurav Dhupabout 7 years ago

    great capture!

  • niggle
    niggleabout 7 years ago

    awesome shot,well done

  • sherbert1head
    sherbert1headabout 7 years ago

    nice work!

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...almost 7 years ago

    wonderful shot!! was well worth the wait, love the blue tone to this

  • gladders
    gladdersalmost 7 years ago

    Nice image again. Good depth control

  • aphoto4you
    aphoto4youalmost 7 years ago

    dawne i do like this a lots…./i like the colours and the way you composed this …:)my instant favorites

  • DaveBassett
    DaveBassettalmost 7 years ago

    Nice work – unusual and most effective.

  • Jim Caldwell
    Jim Caldwellalmost 7 years ago

    A night well spent

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful ! Love the blue tones.

  • Thanks Sylvia! I was very pleased how the blue was recorded on camera… I didn’t know what to expect after it had gotten so dark out

    – Dawne Olson

  • amarica
    amaricaalmost 7 years ago

    Love it Dawne, great job!

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