Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop

Ancient Migration

Join Frank Comisar, Scenic Aperture’s founder and an award winning wildlife photographer, for a truly unique photography experience! This Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop will be based in Kearney, Nebraska, just minutes from the largest concentration of sandhill cranes anywhere in the world. Because of blind capacity the workshop is limited to just eight participants. Sign up now for this unique workshop.

During this sandhill crane photography workshop we will be in position to witness one of the world’s greatest migrations. We will have exclusive use of a blind owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. From this blind we will have excellent views of sandhill cranes on their river roost.

This workshop will include four photo shoots at prime crane habitat locations along the banks of the Platte River. We will begin with a sunset shoot on day-one to witness tens of thousands of sandhill cranes descending on the river to roost for the night. The following morning we will return before sunrise to experience the cranes as they blast off in an audio and visual spectacle. Days two and three will be more of the same but from different locations.

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The Sandhill Crane Photography Experience

Each spring, approximately 500,000 sandhill cranes use a tiny 60 mile stretch of the Platte River in south-central Nebraska to feed and rest during their annual spring migration. They arrive from wintering grounds in Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Their journey has been taking place for thousands of years. The cranes come to Nebraska to rest and feed before they resume their arduous journey to breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia.

Every day at dusk, the cranes gather in shallows of the Platte River to roost for the night. The river provides protection from predators. Densities of more than 24,000 cranes per mile of river can occur. This is a good time to photograph the well known “dance” of the Sandhill Cranes. During the dance, pairs engage in elaborate displays of bowing with outstretched wings along with leaps into the air. Often, the dance includes throwing a stick or corn cob into the air. At dawn, the cranes leave the river and head toward nearby fields where they feed and dance until it is time once again to head back to the river.

The sandhill crane behavior is very predictable providing fantastic photographic opportunities.

Bundle and Save!

Immediately following the Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop Frank will head to the vast interior sandhills region of Nebraska where he will lead a Grassland Bird Photography Workshop to shoot the increasingly rare greater prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse.  Bundle the Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop with the Grassland Bird Workshop and save $200! Sign up for both workshops for a combined price of only $2,744.

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Workshop Details

March 29-31, 2017
Kearney, NE


March 29

  • Workshop begins – Introductions and orientation
  • Afternoon photo shoot (Audubon blind)

 March 30

  • Morning photo shoot (Audubon blind)
  • Mid-day shoot on your own (nearby fields)
  • Afternoon photo shoot (Platte River)

March 31

  • Morning photo shoot (Platte River)
  • Adjourn


    • Limited to maximum of eight photographers

Physical Difficulty

    • Easy; hikes up to 1/4 mile over prairie grassland


    • Included – double occupancy
    • Single upgrade add’l $; subject to availability


    • $949 USD 
    • 50% deposit required to reserve your spot
    • Final payment is due 60 days prior to the workshop


    • Lodging
    • Entrance fees; Blinds
    • Photographic guiding & instruction

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