With Sandhill Cranes. Known wintering area for reintroduced birds.
Rockport whooping crane tour
Pair of Whopping Cranes feeding just below Heron Flats trail. they were there most of the day. One
I think we saw 8 or 9 individuals in the 4 hours we were out.
In early November, I took @robberfly, @kueda, and @maractwin to this location where a family group of Whooping Cranes sometimes hangs out in a field near a pond. Unfortunately on that occasion all we had were Sandhill Cranes. Today my wife and I had three Whoopers here. The birds started calling which was quite the thrill. Photos from probably 250 meters but still great fun to see these birds onshore like this.
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...