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LisaG1967

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1710 on: September 17, 2021, 07:39:49 AM »

A few morning pics from the Flyway...lots of eagles this morning!







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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1711 on: September 17, 2021, 12:26:52 PM »

Lisa, love that shade of pink in the sunrise.  And the eagles are spectacular in silhouette.

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1712 on: September 17, 2021, 01:20:15 PM »

Lisa, love that shade of pink in the sunrise.  And the eagles are spectacular in silhouette.

Thanks, STL, the morning colors were beautiful. 

The cam ops have been giving us some great views. 

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1713 on: September 17, 2021, 04:15:51 PM »

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« Reply #1714 on: September 17, 2021, 05:11:46 PM »

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LisaG1967

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1715 on: September 18, 2021, 03:00:39 PM »

Beautiful GBH on the Flyway today







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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1716 on: September 18, 2021, 05:05:30 PM »

Lisa, great pics of the GBH!  Perfect time of day for the light.

Good views of sandhill crane parents feeding their juvie on the rewind at about 4:00 PM.

Flock of coot feeding at 5:00 PM.

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1717 on: September 18, 2021, 05:56:48 PM »

Great pics of the sandhills, STL!

Those coots are busy ducks! 

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1718 on: September 19, 2021, 12:23:50 PM »

Thanks, Lisa.

Technically, coot are not ducks. Their bills are more like chickens'. They do not have webbed feet, and are related to rails and other shore birds. But they swim and they flock similar to ducks.   My info is from the book, Ducks of the Mississippi Flyway, 1969, by Ken Haag.  Anyhow, you're right that they sure are busy feeders!

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1719 on: September 19, 2021, 12:50:59 PM »

Thanks, Lisa.

Technically, coot are not ducks. Their bills are more like chickens'. They do not have webbed feet, and are related to rails and other shore birds. But they swim and they flock similar to ducks.   My info is from the book, Ducks of the Mississippi Flyway, 1969, by Ken Haag.  Anyhow, you're right that they sure are busy feeders!

Thanks, STL

I did not know that a coot was not a duck.  I guess I should not assume that everything that looks like a duck, is a duck. 

Lots to learn about on the Flyway.   :)

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1720 on: September 20, 2021, 11:16:15 AM »

Coots have very distinctive looking lobed feet.  They are a favorite food of eagles because they're easy to catch and not too big to carry.  We've seen them at least a couple of times at the North Nest and were able to ID them by the feet (and also the distinctive white beak).

https://www.audubon.org/news/better-know-bird-american-coot-and-its-wonderfully-weird-feet

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1721 on: September 20, 2021, 11:22:47 AM »

Coots have very distinctive looking lobed feet.  They are a favorite food of eagles because they're easy to catch and not too big to carry.  We've seen them at least a couple of times at the North Nest and were able to ID them by the feet (and also the distinctive white beak).

https://www.audubon.org/news/better-know-bird-american-coot-and-its-wonderfully-weird-feet

Thanks, Ginger!

I know another nest where Coot is usually on their menu. 

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1722 on: September 20, 2021, 03:56:40 PM »

Ginger, great link for info about the Coot feet!  My father hunted ducks and now and then brought home a coot, too.  I used to watch the cleaning process and learn anatomy, but have to admit I do not remember those very distinctive feet!

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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1723 on: September 21, 2021, 07:39:39 AM »

Some morning pics from the Flyway, the cam ops got a great closeup on the Harvest moon!






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Re: Flyway Cam NFWR La Crosse
« Reply #1724 on: September 21, 2021, 05:03:09 PM »

Some random pics from the Flyway today - Great Spirit Bluff, a Pelican fly-by, and Coots