The wildlife photographer who captured the Sandhill Cranes in flight featured on the Nebraska Statehood Stamp says he nearly missed it.
Michael Forsberg says a change in perspective captured the flock in just the right setting.
“I have photographed Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River probably more than anyone in the history of the world,” Forsberg says with a chuckle during the unveiling ceremony for the stamp. “And I have tried very hard to try to make intimate portraits of these birds. But one season I set out to try to do something different. I tried to photograph these birds with a wide-angle lens and put them in the context of the landscape that they call home.”
The Nebraska Statehood Stamp features a flock of Sandhill Cranes flying over the Platte River at sunset.
Michael Forsberg set up his own make-shift blind on the bank of the Platte near Wood River.
“Day after day after day, I went into this blind on the banks of the river waited and failed,” Forsberg says. “Until the end of the season, when everything came together. The sun set low in the sky. It fired up on the river and these birds started to fly into roost. And when they flew through my frame, I knew I got it.”
The US Postal Service has unveiled the Statehood Stamp during a special ceremony in the second floor Capitol Rotunda.
AUDIO: Photographer Michael Forsberg speaks at the USPS Nebraska Statehood Stamp unveiling ceremony. [7:25]