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  1. DGorman

    DGorman Active Member

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    I started my pond cams last week and the critters are cooperating pretty well. Along with the usual woodies, I've got a pair of blue winged teal and a pair of geese. I'm only about halfway through the weeks pics but I've got a few favorites so far. Roughly 10k pics between the two cams this week. I am surprised the geese have a nest with four eggs along the shore about twenty feet from where our not so welcome otters are sliding into the pond. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Spectacular photos! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Really cool pics, thanks for sharing. I should do that too around my big pond. I have placed several new wood duck houses out and a goose nesting platform too. So I should be able to get something like you are getting.

    FWIW, I had a pair of geese nest on my pond bank last year but I later found a BUNCH of goose feathers in the area and I never saw them again or any goslings. So I am pretty sure that some hungry predator had a good meal. I suspect that the success ratio of ground nests for geese is low. I am hopeful that the "official" nesting platform will let a pair be successful this year. Keep the pics coming.
     
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    Awesome pics, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Thanks guys. Went through about 15k pics today. Things should start greening up and I think there could be some great pics soon. The geese now have 6 eggs in the nest. Last year I had a wood duck hen with 22 or so ducklings and they steadily decreased for a week nor so then I didn't see any more. I'd guess an otter or possibly a mink got them. There are definitely more ducks sticking around here this year. Also I can't get over the size of these turtles. I know these are small ducks but still the turtles are as big as I've seen. I also got my first picture sequence ever of an owl catching and preparing to eat a fish.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Absolutely amazing pics. So cool.


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    Really nice pics...again! :) Keep them coming!
     
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    Very cool pics! Thank you for sharing!
    Just curious, how do you have your camera set up/what do you have it mounted to? I'm planning on doing this on our pond.
     
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    I just have homemade screw in mounts on 2x2's. Nothing fancy but pretty solid.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    big+tall+mass T250 for president

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    Awesome! Thanks. My kids are excited to put one up!
     
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    Ditto
     
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    I've really been slacking on pulling cards lately. I probably have 30k pics to go through but tonight when I was mushroom hunting I noticed the nest was empty other than a few pieces of eggshell. I pulled the nest cam and wasn't disappointed to see what went down.



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    sep0667 Land of the Whitetail

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    coyotes suck
     
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    There were three of them but you can see the goose kick the goslings toward the water and they all appear to get away safely. I'm really amazed the geese were able to hold them off. I figured the coyotes would just rush them and grab them.[​IMG]

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    Cool video! FWIW, I had a nesting pair of geese on my pond bank last year and they kind of disappeared, so I ventured over to the area where the nest was and ultimately found a pile of goose feathers about 50 yards away from where the nest was. I don't know for sure what went down as I didn't go full CSI on the scene :)...but it didn't look like the geese made out as well as yours did. I never saw any goslings either. Ruh-ro.
     

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