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Offline NancyM

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #345 on: March 12, 2016, 02:25:24 PM »
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #346 on: March 12, 2016, 02:28:37 PM »
Me thinks someone is getting excited ROFL  :binocs

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #347 on: March 13, 2016, 07:10:06 AM »
It must be nice to live in Paradise Deb. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #348 on: March 16, 2016, 10:50:59 PM »
It has been an amazing two days of crane watching.  Numbers have been reported to be over 300,000 and the weather hasn't been too bad.  Nancy arrived and we headed out for the evening.  What a show to see,  then back for the morning and it just got better.  Tonight you hope it was as good as the night before BUT no it was different, it just got better and better.  I think Nancy had a memorable time in the blind and traveling around the countryside.  I am sure Nancy will make a report in her own words and own pictures.  I will share a few.


This was the first evening


Wednesday morning right in front of the blind


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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #349 on: March 16, 2016, 11:28:23 PM »
Exciting to see all the cranes together!   Wish we all could be there, too!   :nod2
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #350 on: March 17, 2016, 06:06:02 AM »
I have a few videos also of the Sandhill Cranes on my flickr page.  The link is here for you to go and watch.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25222018044/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25857295735/in/dateposted-public/

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #351 on: March 22, 2016, 03:48:16 PM »
Thank You!  Spectacular, and on my Bucket List for sure   :heart
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #352 on: March 22, 2016, 07:15:27 PM »
There is more in Nebraska other than Sandhill Cranes at this time.

Prairie Dog



Bison on the Prairie




rapids on the niobrara


A small fall formed on a spring creek that flows to the Niobrara River
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #353 on: March 23, 2016, 07:29:32 PM »
Beautiful!
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #354 on: March 23, 2016, 07:39:15 PM »
Beautiful area Deb thank you for sharing

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #355 on: March 24, 2016, 09:41:33 PM »
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #356 on: March 24, 2016, 10:45:56 PM »
Thanks for this topic.  I really do enjoy sharing My Nebraska with all of you.  I know not everyone is able to make a trip here so this will be great to share with you.   The amazing thing for me will be to see what others post. Like these Cranes - come fly with us


Sandhill Crane Trio.  They fly with their necks straight while other kinds fly with their neck bent
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #357 on: March 24, 2016, 10:48:21 PM »
Deb posted so many enticing photos and videos that I just had to go to Nebraska and see with my own eyes this ancient ritual that brings the cranes through Nebraska each Spring.  It was truly astonishing to see tens (hundreds?) of thousands of cranes fly in to their roosts in the Platte river at sunset. Aerial surveys are done throughout the migration period, and the last report I read said that the numbers this year surpassed the numbers recorded since they began doing the surveys. The high count was 410,000 cranes on the river and surrounding fields (http://cranetrust.org/sandhill-crane-counts-week-5/). Word is that many cranes departed just before the bad weather arrived on Wednesday this past week.

Deb took me out to the small Nature Conservancy blind Tues evening, Wednesday morning, and Wednesday evening.  The blind is perfectly situated close to the water. It has burlap covering the large viewing windows - very organic. Portholes slit into the burlap provide viewing ports.

West face of the observation blind, in the evening


South face of the blind, in the morning


Interior of the blind, looking toward the north and the river.


I loved the burlap windows!  This view is looking to the west (see the first picture for the same view from the outside).

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #358 on: March 24, 2016, 10:59:38 PM »
It's hard to pick just a few photos to post! Here are some from the first night in the blind. Deb said she loves to watch the cranes "parachute" in and I have to say, I love to watch them too.









A 2-minute video of three different segments. The wind is a bit loud, as are some camera clicks. Hand-held, so a bit shaky.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #359 on: March 25, 2016, 04:29:52 AM »
Incredible pictures and video Nancy. Deb has been great posting your adventures for us and it is very nice to know you had this opportunity. The blind looks very interesting and would be effective rEven for small groups.