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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1125 on: February 17, 2020, 09:04:53 PM »
It is that time of the year ---  Sandhill Cranes

During the day I found some in the fields then last night I went by the river to a blind and watched.







the eagles take advantage of anything that has died



Also it is a good time to see other wildlife,  White-tailed Deer




When it was dark there was a still lots of cranes flying into the river,  they sure are loud
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1126 on: February 23, 2020, 03:51:00 PM »
Such a nice day to be outside on Saturday.  After helping paint the new crane blind it was time to go birding.  Took a drive around and found some Sandhill Cranes in the fields on the south side of the river in a cornfield,  too bad they were pretty far away.  Some fly overs and some snow geese flying.  I decided to drive around some more, found another group again off in the field not close either.  Now it is getting late in the afternoon and I sure wanted to go see if the Short-eared Owls would be around, so I went to an area that was very popular last year.  Got there and noticed a couple flying far off.  I crept my car a bit closer and sat outside the car and waited for some fly byes  - the sun was setting but had a lovely sky.









The owls flew by a couple of times hunting





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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1127 on: March 08, 2020, 09:12:30 PM »
The Sandhill Crane Migration is in full swing.  I think you can sum up that there are 3 phases to seeing the Cranes.  1- Cranes in the morning on the river.  2- Cranes in the fields either corn or meadows.  3- Cranes in the evening returning to the river.  Which ever you see, each is neat to watch,  they are all a bit different in their activities.

The morning is all about waking up and stretching their wings










During the day in the fields



Back to the river for the night







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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1128 on: March 08, 2020, 09:16:50 PM »
Wow wonderful captures!

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1129 on: March 08, 2020, 09:27:13 PM »
The Sandhill Cranes return to the Platte River for the night.  I was leading a public tour of guests in the blind.  The wind was still blowing strong.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1130 on: March 13, 2020, 05:25:20 PM »
A Beautiful Nebraska sunset last night and the sky filled with Sandhill Cranes as they came into roost for the night on the river. 

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After the sunset they still kept arriving,  low light video

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1131 on: March 19, 2020, 06:02:03 AM »
We had some snow and thought it would be neat to see what the Sandhill Cranes were doing while there was snow on the ground.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1132 on: April 12, 2020, 06:34:31 PM »
The Sandhill Cranes had a great season here, too bad the tours I do were cancelled due to the health issues.  I still was able to get out as they call it social distancing - being in the car works.

This is the look right before they take off





Making sure at least 6 ft away for social distancing


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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1133 on: April 12, 2020, 06:51:01 PM »
I find it so neat to watch the Sandhill Cranes come in for a landing.  Here are a few







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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1134 on: April 12, 2020, 06:57:37 PM »
It wasn't all sunshine,  we had some rain.  The cranes were still out in the rain and snow eating.





Here we see two Sandhill Cranes but one is a Melanistic  Crane

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1135 on: April 12, 2020, 07:50:30 PM »
As the cranes start to leave there are other birds that begin to migrate in.  Usually found in the wetland areas.

Pectoral Sandpiper




Male Ruddy Duck and Coot


Male Pintail Duck


The Red-Winged Blackbirds have arrived


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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1136 on: April 12, 2020, 08:49:16 PM »
Whooo doesn't love owls.......  The Short-Eared Owls live by the wetlands and prairie grassland.  So after watching ducks I stayed around til sunset in hope of seeing the owls come out to hunt.  I slowly started driving and then I saw a figure perched on the fence post up ahead.   I got my window down and camera ready as I slowly drove up as close as I could,  it happened to be on the right side of the road so I had to position my car with the headlamps off and me looking out the window.  It looked at me over its shoulder and then went to scanning the area for its food.  I decided to try a bit closer,  it flew just enough out and back this time landing looking my direction.








Here it gives a little shuggle and you can see the feet gripping the post
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1137 on: April 17, 2020, 09:11:05 PM »
Here is a break in the bird watching action.  You may or may not know where Nebraska is but the weather here can be rather changeable .....  You could have all the season's of the year in one day or pretty close to it.  This last week was one of those times.  Great weather at the beginning of the week over 70 F but on Wednesday evening the change started.  Rain was forecast and a winter weather advisory was issued.  Thursday  morning came and we started getting rain and the temps started dropping.  By mid morning we were getting nice big snowflakes and you could see the green grass was turning white.  White stuff can be snow, sleet or hail,  we at least didn't get the hail but some did.  By the time work was over we had a good 4 inches of snow.  I had to go back up to work and get a delivery of Liquid Nitrogren, with the weather she was running late so I decided to play in the snow.  Building a snowman seemed fun, so I started and this is what
 I ended up with. 






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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1138 on: May 19, 2020, 06:49:09 PM »
After the Sandhill Crane Season (which my tour guiding was cut short) I could look forward to other birds migrating through Nebraska.
 Lots of different birds and ducks stop around here at the wetlands.  The fun part is trying to figure who they are.........  Now I could leave them blank and you fill them in or I can put a name and see if you got it right.



Dowitcher


Godwit


White faced Ibis


Avocets
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1139 on: May 19, 2020, 09:14:07 PM »
More additions of spring birds that stop here. 


Canvasback couple


White Pelicans and Cormorants


Great Blue Heron


Great Egret


Female Shoveler
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