Got to see a Whooping Crane at "Sandhill Station" this morning! What a great experience!
I added my sighting to the Whooping Crane Observation site here: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/sightings/sightingform.cfm
Heavy overcast/light rain. Temp in the 30s. No leg bands.
Apparently the first detection of this family group this winter at Granger Lake. Also photographed by Greg Lasley on Feb. 19; one of the adults was banded.
This is group of Whooping Cranes which were observed several times in winter of 2012-2013 near the Granger Dam in eastern Williamson Co, TX. On this occasion there were in a grassy field with about 100 sandhill cranes. This was first occasion that I had seen 7 of the cranes together.
Tour Boat "Skimmer"
With tourists looking for Whooping Cranes along the Intercoastal Canal.
Two Whooping Cranes visible in distance.
Aransas Co., Texas
16 November 2006
2nd image cropped from the 1st image to show the cranes slightly better (adult on left and juvenile). I was shooting images of the tour boat on a paid assignment and was not concentrating on the cranes on this occasion, but figured it would be OK for an iNat record.
Two cranes from the Louisiana non-migratory population.
The Whooping Crane (Grus americana), the tallest North American bird, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound. In 2003, there were about 153 pairs of whooping cranes. Along with the Sandhill Crane, it is one of only two crane species found in North America. The Whooping Crane's lifespan is estimated to be 22 to 24 years in the wild. After being pushed to the brink of extinction by unregulated hunting and loss of...