Ducks Skimming Seeds From Surface

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  1. Clayton

    Clayton Elite Refuge Member

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    Set PlotWatcher camera up on an area where ducks were feeding. Open water areas were red-root sedge that has already been beaten down. Some seed was still floating on the surface. Grass still visible is a mix of red sprangletop, rice cutgrass and barnyardgrass. A small amount of toothcup, Bidens, water pepper, and yellow-nut sedge are mixed in. A few ducks can be seen skimming the surface but most are digging down for seed that has sunk to the bottom.

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    Some more general feeding pictures.

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    Time to go! Cool pics. A video would be cool, too just for the hell of it.
     
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    Those are wicked cool photos! Thanks much for sharing those.
     
  7. Clayton

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    Plotwatcher does in a since create a video but I set the pictures to take every ten seconds to get it to last for several days. A bit jerky. I have some short clips put together I will try to post later.

    Five second intervals does better. Have one camera out tonight on yellow-nut sedge at 5 second intervals. I HAD just recently bought a camera that does actual video and the first time I set it out over water a %*&@*& raccoon pulled it down into the water ruining it. :mad: Reminded me why I hate raccoons!
     
  8. CAPTNDAVIE

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    Thanks for posting. Those are really cool. Looking forward to the video.
     
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    That is awesome. How deep is that water? How do you like the plotwatcher? I thought about getting one for next year for deer and duck plots.
     
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  10. oldhickoryned

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    I have the Plotwatcher Pro with 32GB card. I have it set on 1 second interval and have had no problem with leaving it out 5 to 7 days at a time. The batteries would probably last a month or better. Initially I used the 5 second interval and caught the tails of a few deer after they had passed. The 1 second interval does take longer to view the footage. Another interesting thing to do is put the trailcam on a gut pile. I did and was surprised to see that the first critter to show up was a red tail hawk. I was also surprised to see the number of deer that visited the site.
     

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