Photo of the Week – April 18, 2014

A couple weeks ago, I posted a few photos from the timelapse cameras at a restored wetland on our Platte River Prairies.  One of those showed the first documented use by sandhill cranes of that site, which was pretty exciting.  I downloaded those cameras again this week and found a few more interesting photos, so I’m presenting them today.  All three are panoramas stitched together from two photos – which were shot simultaneously by twin cameras mounted side by side.

Of course, the biggest value of timelapse imagery comes from the ability to build sequences of photos that show change over time.  I will certainly be doing that with the images from this site, but in the mean time, we’re also getting our money’s worth out of the simple fact that the cameras are recording interesting and beautiful scenes that would have otherwise gone unrecorded.

We documented another occurrence of overnight roosting by a flock of sandhill cranes on March 20 of this year.  Interestingly, they roosted in a different part of the wetland this time than they did the previous time...

We documented another occurrence of overnight roosting by a flock of sandhill cranes on March 20 of this year. Interestingly, they roosted in a different part of the wetland this time than they did the previous time… Also, there were more of them than on the previous roost night of March 11.

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This photo shows a beautiful April sunset and a small group of deer stopping by the wetland.  Can you find all seven deer in the photo?  (You can click on the photo to get a closer look)

This photo shows a beautiful April sunset and a small group of deer stopping by the wetland. Can you find all seven deer in the photo? (You can click on the photo to get a closer look)

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This is my favorite photo of the batch, but that could be because we've had so little rain this year. Any sign of moisture from the sky is pretty attractive...

This is my favorite photo of the batch, but that could be because we’ve had so little rain this year that any sign of moisture from the sky is pretty attractive…

Thanks again to Moonshell Media for their help setting up these (and other) timelapse camera systems.

 

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is an ecologist and Eastern Nebraska Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. He supervises the management and restoration of approximately 4,000 acres of land in central and eastern Nebraska - primarily along the central Platte River. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press.
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4 Responses to Photo of the Week – April 18, 2014

  1. Patrick says:

    Very nice! Is that smoke from a prescribed burn in the background of the first picture?

  2. Sara McClure says:

    I spotted all 7 deer. In fact I thought I spotted 11 – but realized that there were 4 reflected in the water (and it was unlikely that the deer would be doing the back stroke in the wetland anyway!). Nice, nice pictures.

  3. I am loving to watch your wetland develop, if you restore them they will come, they always amaze me how animals sort out and find these gems! Nice pictures!

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