Wintering Whooping Crane Photos

Yesterday Brooke promised some additional images would be posted showing the young Whooping cranes interacting with the two sub-adult cranes from 2012.


Whooping crane aggression

Juvenile Whooping crane #5-13 put the run to sub-adult crane #5-12

two adult Whooping cranes and one juvenile

Number 8-13 (female) keeps a watchful eye on the two sub-adult male Whooping cranes. A possible pair in the making?

adult Whooping crane

I’m not sure which of the two male Whoopers this is but he’s spectacular! The most noticeable characteristic of the whooping crane is the large red patch on the head. The red patch is actually skin, which extends from the cheek, along the bill and over the top of the head. It can expand and retract and is used to communicate.


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  1. Carolyn Cofer February 6, 2014 10:08 am

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures. It is interesting to know that the red on head is skin. It looks like feathers.

  2. Margie Tomlinson February 4, 2014 10:34 pm

    There is your “‘homegrown’ Centerfold”, (the male Whooper in the last photo), Heather! And boy what a handsome “dude” he is!!!

  3. Anna Ely February 4, 2014 9:16 pm

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kay February 4, 2014 5:45 pm

    Love the pics!

    I’m especially surprised by the caring ways of the two Boys. They seem like great models for the cranelets, hopefully guiding them safely back to Wisconsin. Are there any clues from the Boys’ early childhood that would give an indication of their almost-adult characteristics?

  5. Ann Gillis February 4, 2014 12:01 pm

    Love these photos. They are awesome. My heart is singing. Thank you.

  6. birdlady February 4, 2014 10:39 am

    Thank you for the wonderful pix, Brooke and Heather!

  7. Christie Sloan February 4, 2014 10:16 am

    Thank you; great interactive pix, and a lesson, too!

  8. Cheryl Nichol February 4, 2014 9:55 am

    Thank you for these beautiful photos, Brooke.

  9. LindiLovesBirds February 4, 2014 9:47 am

    awesome pictures thanks for posting 🙂

  10. Sherry Wynn February 4, 2014 9:33 am

    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Ruth Mitchell February 4, 2014 9:23 am

    Thank you SO much for sharing the photos with us….does my heart good to see them looking so good!!!!!

  12. Marje Lloyd February 4, 2014 8:54 am

    wonderful pictures , thank you

  13. Carol Phillips February 4, 2014 8:03 am

    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful.

  14. Pal41Joey February 4, 2014 7:11 am

    Spectacular! Thanks Brooke