2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, DesMoines, and the rest of Nebraska and Iowa

Moderators: nebugeater, Coyote, Omaha Cowboy, Brad, Candleshoe

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:06 pm

2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

New Rules at Rowe this year...

The Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary wrote:In response to visitor surveys over the past two years, we will be making some important changes to the crane viewing tours in 2016. This will improve the experience for our visitors and help protect the cranes.

Tripods will no longer be allowed in the viewing blinds due to space issues and tripping hazards. Monopods will be allowed.
Flash photography and photographing in continuous or rapid fire mode are not allowed in the viewing blinds.
The use of cameras and any other recording devices will be allowed in the viewing blinds ONLY when there is enough light to prevent disturbance to cranes. This will prevent illumination from LCD screens in the blinds from spooking cranes roosting on the river and from diminishing the viewing experience for all visitors in the viewing blinds. Otherwise, all cameras and recording devices must be stored during the tour.

Crane viewing tours will be offered beginning on March 5 through April 9. Prices are as follows: March 5 - 17, $25 per person; March 18 - April 2, $35 per person; April 3 - 9, $25 per person.

A new Photographers Crane Viewing Tour will be introduced. Each evening from March 18 -April 9 we will offer a tour for photographers that allows tripods and the use of continuous mode photographing. This tour will cost $60 and there will be limited space to allow more room for each participant.
We appreciate your support of these new policies to help protect the cranes from disturbance.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:09 pm

Seems really weird that they don't have a morning photo tour?

Between frustrating trips to Rowe the past couple years and now this, it might be time to look for a new pace to view cranes.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Coyote
City Council
Posts: 20188
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2003 11:18 am
Location: Three floors down
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Coyote » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:23 pm

Brad wrote:might be time to look for a new pace to view cranes.


That is looking more evident now...
Image

User avatar
bbtran72
Home Owners Association
Posts: 104
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:54 pm
Location: Hastings, Ne

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby bbtran72 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:51 pm

Not sure if Crane trust center will implement the same rules but that might be another option other than rowe if they don't change the rules, I have only been to rowe once and was not in the blind but i have stayed for a couple evening blind tour at crane trust center before and the experience is as good. " photographing in continuous or rapid fire mode" is the best rule so far :evil:
Suit Up

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:53 pm

A few Cranes were spotted in Nebraska on January 31st.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:25 am

CRANE TRUST wrote:We may be very close to peak Sandhill Crane numbers on the Big Bend of the Platte River. Some years peak numbers have been around 230,000 and other years as high as 310,000. The peak count varies depending on how many different migratory populations overlap here at one time and how long the Sandhill Cranes stay in the area. One thing is for sure, we are close to peak and these numbers are a couple weeks earlier than in most years. However, we could potentially see even higher numbers next week. Only time will tell.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:29 am

Went to an art fair they were having at the Crane Trust yesterday afternoon and then took my wife to see the cranes for the fist time. Wow, there were a lot of cranes out there. It seems like there were more than the past couple of years.

I was a little worried because mine and Coyote's annual crane photo trip is still a week away, but after last night, I think there will still be plenty next week. Last night the cranes arrived at the river really late. Later then I have seen the past few years. From what the people at Rowe have said in previous years, they spend more time eating early on and more time on the river closer to their departure. I am hoping since they were eating late last night, they aren't ready to leave yet.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:39 am

WOW, 410,000 Cranes!

Continuation of a Historic Migration…

http://cranetrust.org/sandhill-crane-counts-week-5/

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist wrote:This week we counted the most Sandhill Cranes recorded via our protocol since regular roost surveys began in 2002. We recorded 395,000 Sandhill Cranes in the river and 15,000 in the fields adjacent to the river, totalling 410,000. Our absolute percent error was +/-11.2%. Please read below for contexts and details.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:24 pm

Photos from the "appetizer trip" to see the cranes... Coyote and My big trip is next week.

1.
Image

2.
Image

3.
Image

4.
Image

5.
Image

6.
Image

7.
Image

8.
Image

9
Image

10.
Image

11.
Image

12.
Image

13.
Image

14.
Image

15.
Image
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Coyote
City Council
Posts: 20188
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2003 11:18 am
Location: Three floors down
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Coyote » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:55 pm

This year I need to get the cliche dancing crane shot! BTW, the weather forecast couldn't be better...
Image

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:07 pm

Coyote wrote:This year I need to get the cliche dancing crane shot! BTW, the weather forecast couldn't be better...


You and me both. I have a couple, but nothing I can print big... I want to be able to print a 24x36 or so and have it perfectly sharp. Not sure my dancing shot could go much bigger than 12x18.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
skinzfan23
County Board
Posts: 5037
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:26 am
Location: Omaha/Bellevue

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:13 pm

Simply amazing...I really like #4 and seeing how no two look alike while in flight.

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:43 am

Thanks! I can't wait to get out and shoot more.
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Omaha Cowboy
The Don
Posts: 5961
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2004 5:31 am
Location: West Omaha

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Omaha Cowboy » Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:00 pm

Awesome pics Brad..

What else is new? :) ...

Ciao..LiO...Peace
Go Cowboys!

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:46 pm

Omaha Cowboy wrote:Awesome pics Brad..

What else is new? :) ...

Ciao..LiO...Peace


LOL, Thanks!
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

User avatar
Omaha Cowboy
The Don
Posts: 5961
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2004 5:31 am
Location: West Omaha

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Omaha Cowboy » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:19 am

Brad wrote:
Omaha Cowboy wrote:Awesome pics Brad..

What else is new? :) ...

Ciao..LiO...Peace


LOL, Thanks!


:thumb: ...

Ciao..LiO...Peace
Go Cowboys!

User avatar
Coyote
City Council
Posts: 20188
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2003 11:18 am
Location: Three floors down
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Coyote » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:31 pm

image.jpeg
image.jpeg (72.6 KiB) Viewed 838 times
Image

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:07 pm

That sunrise was great. I can't wait to get more of mine posted up, wait until you see the rows of purple!
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member

nativeomahan
Planning Board
Posts: 3433
Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2004 2:46 pm
Location: Omaha

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby nativeomahan » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:55 pm

I keep looking for the "Like" button on here. LOL

User avatar
Brad
City Council
Posts: 28162
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:03 pm
Location: Omaha, NE
Contact:

Re: 2016 Sandhill Crane Thread

Postby Brad » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:21 am

nativeomahan wrote:I keep looking for the "Like" button on here. LOL


Its a Mod that can be added. I have seen it on other forums.

Or there is this:
:like:
Image
Omaha Skyline Photos, Omaha Aerial Photos, and More.
http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/bradwilliamsphotography
@bradwphoto on Twitter
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Member


Return to “Nebraska and Iowa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest