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Sandhill cranes arrive to roost in the shallows of the Platte River as two cranes do their elaborate mating dance.
These striking birds stand up to 47 inches tall and boast a wingspan that stretches up to 7 feet long. In addition to their distinctive height, the sandhill crane sports a recognizable red crown that contrasts with their rust or grey plumage—making them an unmistakable species.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Ogallala Aquifer_National Geographic Magazine 8/2016