Brooke submitted the following images for your viewing pleasure. It’s interesting to see how the still sub-adult Whooping cranes have matured since they arrived at the St. Marks NWR winter site. Take a look at the images included in the December 5th entry and compare them to the ones below.
Whooping crane #5-12 in the foreground shares some crane chow with #7-12. Feed buckets are suspended from the fence to keep the food dry.
From left to right: #4-12 the oldest in the Class of 2012; #7-12 (she has always had the most brown feathers and appears to be the slowest to mature) and #5-12.
#5-12 stretches his wings