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Sandhill cranes on the Platte River at first light.

Sandhill cranes on the Platte River at first light.

Sandhill cranes beginning to fly at dawn on the Platte River.

Sandhill cranes beginning to fly at dawn on the Platte River.

Early morning sandhill crane dancing display.

Early morning sandhill crane dancing display.

The sandhill cranes take on a gorgeous glow when the sun first hits them in the morning. Also a nice shot of a crane coming in for a landing.

The sandhill cranes take on a gorgeous glow when the sun first hits them in the morning. Also a nice shot of a crane coming in for a landing.

Sandhill cranes rafting up at dusk.

Sandhill cranes rafting up at dusk.

Sandhill cranes rafting up at dusk.

Sandhill cranes rafting up at dusk.

Large flocks of sandhill cranes coming into the Platte River for the night.

Large flocks of sandhill cranes coming into the Platte River for the night.

A cloudy sunrise view of sandhill cranes looking up stream on the Platte River east of Kearney, NE.

A cloudy sunrise view of sandhill cranes looking up stream on the Platte River east of Kearney, NE.

Cranes as far as the eye can see and even further as the sky begins to get gray near dawn.

Cranes as far as the eye can see and even further as the sky begins to get gray near dawn.

Crane coming in for a landing. As the sun came up behind the clouds, invisible to those of us on the ground, the fog settled in on the Platte River.

Crane coming in for a landing. As the sun came up behind the clouds, invisible to those of us on the ground, the fog settled in on the Platte River.

Beginning of a mad scramble to take of when immature bald eagle flies overhead in the early morning fog

Beginning of a mad scramble to take of when immature bald eagle flies overhead in the early morning fog