Bev reports that on Tuesday evening when she and Brooke did the evening roost check the cranes were out of the pen. Bev says “They continued to forage for a good hour and when the sun started to set, we were getting a little nervous they might not fly back into the pen, so we played the brood call over the loud hailer. The chicks called in response, then went about their business. Due to their seeming disregard of their call home, Brooke donned his costume to go out to the pen. By the time he got to the bottom of the steps to the blind, the chicks took to the wing, flew a lap, then landed in the pen at the feeder. All was quiet for the rest of the night and the birds were tucked in to the oyster bar by 7 pm.”
These photos were snapped as the trio returned to the release pen to join the brood model (aka Dummy Mummy) to roost for the night.