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Filming Crane Stock Video Footage

Cranes, and especially the sandhill crane, have a fairly wide distribution and can be found in many refuges, wetlands, and swamps in the southern United States during the winter. During the summer most of the birds breed far to the north in the Arctic; however, lesser number of birds breed in Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains, and the northern Great Lakes states. However, there is by far a single spot that is synonymous with cranes and provides an unparelled filming opportunity. That place is the Platte River in Nebraska, and especially the portion between the towns of Grand Island and North Platte. Hundreds of thousands of cranes gather here during March and early April on their way to the northern breeding grounds. Along the Platte they fatten up on waste grain, grubs, and other food before continuing on their journey. At night they roost on the sandbars and flats of the Platte River. For a special filming and viewing opportunity contact the Rowe Sanctuary near Kearney. They have large blinds right next to the river. There's a small fee and you'll need reservations, but its worth it!

Filming cranes does present a couple of challenges, which are common to filming most grassland wildlife. The Great Plains, including Nebraska are notoriously windy, testing even the best tripods. Also, the wide open spaces creates a lot of heat and other atmospheric noise. Getting close is better, but as always, use good ethics. Filming from an established blind such as those at the Rowe Sanctuary is a good way to get relatively close without impacting the birds.

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Few things stir visions of a primeval world more than the sound of a flock of cranes. During migration season the flocks can be heard for many miles, even when they are barely visible high up in the sky. But their warbling song, much like that of the robin, is one of the harbingers of spring.

In addition to being known for their ancient call, cranes are also known for their spectacular migrations. In North America a half a million sandhill cranes migrate through the Great Plains, spending several weeks in Nebraska to fatten up before continuing their journal. Sandhill crane populations are healthy enough that several states even have hunting seasons for the birds.

Unfortunately, cranes are also known for another reason. The whooping crane is one of the most endangered species in the world. In spite of millions of dollars being spent, their status is still critical with only a couple of hundred birds in the wild. If you should be fortunate to see whooping cranes give them plenty of space.