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.