Zion, 69-16, Female
20 February 2001
Aransas NWR, Texas
image scanned from 35mm slide
We ran into someone who told us they were there two days earlier. Sure enough they were still there.
Taken near the Goose Island State Park Big Tree area.
This family of three WHCR was first detected in early December and subsequently spent the winter on Granger Lake, ph. here on Dec. 28. The last image shows them--far away--foraging in one of their favored exposed mudflats off of the Sore Finger peninsula at Granger.
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...