032 BIRDS EYE VIEW - SANDHILL CRANES
Sandhill Cranes - Platte River Valley, Nebraska. Just after sundown, migrating sandhill cranes stand in silhouette on their river roost on a sandbar in the middle of the Platte River. Cranes migrate through the Platte River valley from late February to early April and will roost together on shallow submerged sandbars each night by the thousands, selecting roosts in broad wide open channels in the middle of the river where they are free from predators. From a distance, these masses of birds look like they are standing shoulder to shoulder. Up close, however, they actually have very well defined personal spaces about four feet by four.