Everywhere a goose, GOOSE!
In addition to the 500,000 Sandhill Cranes migrating in the western flyway and stopping along a 30-mile or so stretch of Nebraska’s Platte River are more than 2 million snow geese. Can you spot the odd goose out?
Nutritious meals during the day and safety among the cranes at night provide the perfect spot for waterfowl to rest and feed as they work their way toward nesting grounds in the tundra. Geese float among the long legs of the cranes, secure in the knowledge that their fellow travelers will alert them to potential dangers lurking in the night. They will continue on their migration earlier than the cranes, leaving the bigger birds to clean up any remaining waste grain in the farmer’s fields.
Click on the photo for a larger image – Photo by Ted Thousand ©2014. All Rights Reserved.