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2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Candleshoe » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:21 am

Taken at Pier Park Lake, near downtown Grand Island with a 70-200 lens. Cropped considerably. I hadn't planned on finding a bird to shoot, was just cutting through the park on my way to an appointment. Note to self: always pack the big lens!

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Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:27 am

Nice, that is a great picture.

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Postby Coyote » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:35 am

Great photo - Breakfast of Champions!
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Postby Brad » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:52 am

Awesome catch Candleshoe!
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Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:46 am

Brad wrote:Awesome catch Candleshoe!

Looks like the eagle had an even better catch.

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Postby Brad » Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:23 pm

Wow, 280 Bald Eagles at Squaw Creek!
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby EastCB » Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:34 pm

Saw 6 eagles at Lake Manawa today.

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Postby bbtran72 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:26 pm

Was down in Harlan County Reservoir last week and was able to snap a few, most of the lake was froze over but there was a couple fly overs otherwise not much going on.

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Postby Coyote » Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:06 pm

Sweet! :clap:
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Postby Brad » Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:50 am

Awesome.
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:40 pm

Rowe Sanctuary wrote:We saw our first cranes on Saturday here at Rowe Sanctuary. The excitement begins to build!!
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Coyote » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:59 pm

Brad wrote:
Rowe Sanctuary wrote:We saw our first cranes on Saturday here at Rowe Sanctuary. The excitement begins to build!!


About right on time... First arrive around Valentines Day, the height at St Patrick's Day...
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

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Coyote wrote:
Brad wrote:
Rowe Sanctuary wrote:We saw our first cranes on Saturday here at Rowe Sanctuary. The excitement begins to build!!


About right on time... First arrive around Valentines Day, the height at St Patrick's Day...


And gone by tax day...
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:57 am

The eagle has landed, and it's nesting in record numbers

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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby bbtran72 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:11 am

Spotted a group of cranes in the middle of a field a couple mile south of the river on alda road, too far away for me to shoot.
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Postby Brad » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:17 am

bbtran72 wrote:Spotted a group of cranes in the middle of a field a couple mile south of the river on alda road, too far away for me to shoot.


They should really start ramping up now.
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Postby RNcyanide » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:21 am

Saw an eagle over 144th near Stonybrook on my way to work out this morning.
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby GetUrban » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:35 pm

A week ago Sunday, I saw 3 bald eagles in an open field along Pershing Drive, north of Eppley, just north of the Abbott/Storz split. There were quite a few geese hanging out on the small pond in front of the John Day Company across from Lozier. I assume the eagles were having some goose for breakfast.

Although they were at least 50-75 yards away, I couldn't believe how big they were.
He said "They are some big, ugly red brick buildings"
...and then they were gone.

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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:39 pm

GetUrban wrote:A week ago Sunday, I saw 3 bald eagles in an open field along Pershing Drive, north of Eppley, just north of the Abbott/Storz split. There were quite a few geese hanging out on the small pond in front of the John Day Company across from Lozier. I assume the eagles were having some goose for breakfast.

Although they were at least 50-75 yards away, I couldn't believe how big they were.


We saw a similar situation near Hamburg, IA on Sunday, pond just full a geese and several eagles in the trees just watching.
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Coyote » Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:51 pm

Brad I were at Lake Manawa this late afternoon and saw a dozen or so Eagles, but not many wanted to come by to say hello:

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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:24 am

Nice shots. I counted closer to 2 dozen. I was able to get a dozen in a single photo!

I went back twice yesterday. I would say Saturday the lake was still 3/4 covered in ice, by morning there was noticeably less and by afternoon, it was probably down to 1/4 covered. If there is any wind today, I bet its gone by even, not including all the broken pieces pushed to the shore.

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Postby Coyote » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:26 am

A couple more (to remind Brad to post his...)
I needed to bring a tripod, the lens that I borrowed from Brad was heavier than it looked...

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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby GetUrban » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:20 pm

Very cool!...both literally and figuratively.
He said "They are some big, ugly red brick buildings"
...and then they were gone.

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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:44 pm

Coyote wrote:A couple more (to remind Brad to post his...)


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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:33 pm

If you didn't hear, the last living Eagle from Last Year's batch of Decorah Eagles died last week. Not sure how the others were killed, but the last one was electrocuted by a high voltage power line. Second Eagle in the area killed since last summer by electrocution.

As a result, they are adding "Swan Diverters" on the line as well as caps on top of the insulator to try to protect the eagles.

Here is a video of a helicopter adding the "Swan Diverters" in another location.
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:46 pm

Ok, here are my Eagle Photo from when Coyote and I were out at Lake Manawa on Saturday 3/7/2015

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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:15 am

Great pictures, Brad. Amazing to see it swoop down and get the fish. Nice work!!!

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Postby Brad » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:23 am

Thanks! Hope to get a few more before they move north, but with these temps, I bet they don't stay long!
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Postby Brad » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:09 am

Squaw Creek dropped from 53 to 5 Bald eagles in one week. Kind of interesting because the snow geese numbers shot up over 600K this week!
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:15 am

Changing climate means sun might begin to set on sandhill cranes' migration through Nebraska

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David Hendee / World-Herald staff writer wrote:A changing global climate could be a new headwind for sandhill cranes to battle in coming decades, according to the National Audubon Society.
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:43 am

Candleshoe or bbtran72, Any updates on the number of cranes out there right now? I am getting worried all this heat will push them out...
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby bbtran72 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:59 pm

Brad wrote:Candleshoe or bbtran72, Any updates on the number of cranes out there right now?  I am getting worried all this heat will push them out...


They are not that high yet, last year about this time they were every where in the field feeding on 281, but every time i drive from Hastings to Grand island i'll see a small flock here and there and that's it. I probably will not have time to go out and shoot for another week, are you going to head this way and shoot anytime soon brad?
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Postby Brad » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:01 pm

Coyote and I will be out there in a week.
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Postby bbtran72 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:21 pm

Message me on facebook when you guys do and i'll meet up, according to a photog friend of mine who's son work for the game and park, he says that the cranes are a little late this year but is starting to pick up in numbers.

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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:23 am

Sandhill Cranes arriving late?

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Joel Jorgensen, NGPC wrote:Any long time resident of Nebraska knows there is no such thing as a “normal” spring*. This spring provides more evidence. The bitter cold snap of late February extended into the first days of March and today (16 March) the afternoon temperatures are going to be bumping 90. Long time resident birders and birdwatchers know that weather in late winter/early spring will affect the progression (e.g., arrival) of the first waves of migrant birds. The bitter late winter cold snap, which extended well south of Nebraska, is likely one of the factors which has slowed down this year’s Sandhill Crane migration.
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Coyote » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:00 am

5 Reasons to Head to Nebraska Right Now


1) Experience the cranes. The Sandhill crane migration is one of the most accessible and magnificent wildlife migrations on earth. Our Rowe Sanctuary guide told us that the birds arrive in waves starting in mid-February and are gone by mid-April. Eighty percent of the world’s cranes pass through an 80-mile stretch of the Platte River valley. Each group spends three to four weeks feeding on waste corn in the farmland around the river to refuel for their journey north to Canada, Alaska and Siberia.

Book crane-watching experiences with Rowe Sanctuary or Crane Trust, or hope to see them on your own at places like the Fort Kearney State Recreational Area. You’ll have no trouble spotting cranes in local fields during the day (but be sure to observe crane-viewing etiquette).

2) Walk over an interstate—in a museum. The Archway, spanning Interstate-80 just east of Kearney, traces 170 years of transportation history along the Great Platte River Road. It takes about an hour to see exhibits that detail the area’s role as a gateway to the West for Oregon Trail pioneers, Lincoln Highway motorists and more.

3) Visit other local treasures. Love old homes? Head to The Frank House at the University of Nebraska Kearney for a free tour of a late-19th-century mansion. Into cars? The Classic Car Museum displays more than 190 gleaming vehicles; ogle the tailfins of a 1959 Cadillac or peer into a 1938 Ford four-door sedan.

4) Relax over pizza and beer. We’d recommend Thunderhead Brewing Company, where the Thunder Pie pizza (Alfredo sauce, chicken, bacon, jalapeños, pepper Jack and mozzarella cheeses) pairs nicely with craft beers like Cornstalker Dark Wheat. (Potato-lovers: Order the Thunder Spud!)
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby bbtran72 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:09 pm

Couples of pictures from this morning, too nice to not go out and shoot

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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:27 pm

Nice! Can't wait to get out there!
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Coyote » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:42 pm

Nice! I want a shot like that tomorrow morning :lol:
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Re: 2015 Bald Eagle & Crane Thread

Postby Coyote » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:55 am

Here are a few from the weekend to intrigue you before Brad posts his epic shots:

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