I heard them squawking and expected to see Sandhills. They were circling right over the house but I had to run get a camera with a telephoto lens. By the time I got back outside they had moved north. Right after these pictures they formed a "v" and headed north.
Two Whooping Crane at a pond by the Big Tree
A family on territory at Aransas NWR
With Sandhill Cranes. Known wintering area for reintroduced birds.
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...