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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #450 on: May 28, 2016, 02:45:13 PM »
Another first bird for me today.  Stilt Sandpiper hunting in a flooded field



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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #451 on: May 28, 2016, 02:54:31 PM »
We have had lots of rain this last week so the fields have lots of standing water in them making it good habitat for the shorebirds to search for grubs and worms.


Baird's Sandpiper


Wilson's Phalarope
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #452 on: May 28, 2016, 03:00:04 PM »


Stilt Sandpiper eating a grub  :ecsmile
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #453 on: May 28, 2016, 06:16:01 PM »
Gosh, that is a big grub!  Terrific photos, I especially like the Wilson's Phalarope (which I have never seen). Oh, and the Stilt Sandpiper.  :eclove

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #454 on: May 28, 2016, 09:26:58 PM »
OMG......what a great...eye you have for the
pics you send /record.....TY seems Soooo small/shallow for your
pics.....
You have a nack and a way to get the GREAT pics
Sunny?Prideenjoy

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #455 on: May 30, 2016, 06:28:01 PM »
These pictures have so much Character, Deb!  By the way, I'd like one of each  :ecwink
You are a wonder with that camera - thanks so much for sharing your adventures.
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #456 on: June 01, 2016, 05:29:31 PM »
It is family night at the lake. Canada Geese out for an evening swim with their little ones.



A very shy coot hiding in the grasses along the lake

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #457 on: June 01, 2016, 05:48:45 PM »
My little buddy is Teddy,  he loves to be with us no matter what, so when we decided to start kayaking we had to bring him along.  He is ever watchful even gets out on the front of the kayak sometimes, even leans over for a drink every now and then.  Makes me so happy that he is enjoying such a good life now and is my special little companion   

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #458 on: June 02, 2016, 06:33:27 AM »
Love your Nebraska also; :ecsmile through your photos Gmadeb thank you!

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #459 on: June 02, 2016, 03:59:53 PM »
My little buddy is Teddy,  he loves to be with us no matter what, so when we decided to start kayaking we had to bring him along.  He is ever watchful even gets out on the front of the kayak sometimes, even leans over for a drink every now and then.  Makes me so happy that he is enjoying such a good life now and is my special little companion   




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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #460 on: June 02, 2016, 05:28:14 PM »
Love that you have your buddy for play!  I bet he's a real snuggler, too, when you need to cuddle up!!  :eclove

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #461 on: June 03, 2016, 05:41:05 PM »
Yesterday my campers met a biologist that is working with a recovery project for the Least Tern and Piping Plover.  It was a great field trip to see these birds in the wild on a protected sandbar nesting area.  No chicks yet but he did point out many nests.  The kids were able to look through a scope and see the birds on nests and how much they are out in the wide open on the sandbar.  We were able to view them from a safe distance and watch them interact, we saw one pair where the male was offering her a fish to show her what a great mate he would be  :ecsmile  The piping plovers are very territorial and would run after a killdeer that was walking to close to their nest area.   Both these birds are on the endangered species list because of habitat loss and a decline in numbers.  The good news from this project is the nest numbers are up from last year and he noticed 5 nests just from last weeks visit.  My photos that i got were from a good distance off so they are cropped pretty good.  For me not getting a prize photo was not important But to witness them was amazing.  I will cherish these photos just as much as a great clear closeup.  I am going to get a chance to go back later and look for little ones running around.  Many Thanks to the Platte River Program.  You can check out their web page https://www.platteriverprogram.org/Pages/Default.aspx






Least Tern on its nest
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #462 on: June 03, 2016, 08:02:26 PM »
Glad you got to see both of these birds, Deb. Love the photo of the male tern feeding the female. It amazes me that birds that I associate with the East coast are found in Nebraska.

We have stringent restrictions in place for beach use here due to both species nesting.

 If you go back to look for plover chicks, look for something the size of a marshmallow with toothpicks for legs  :eclove

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #463 on: June 03, 2016, 10:17:55 PM »
Great work Biologists are doing as well as you are doing deb. For opening the eyes of these children

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #464 on: June 06, 2016, 03:42:03 PM »
 :biggrin3 Marshmallow with toothpick legs!  HaHaHa!
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