Yesterday Brooke promised some additional images would be posted showing the young Whooping cranes interacting with the two sub-adult cranes from 2012.
Juvenile Whooping crane #5-13 put the run to sub-adult crane #5-12
Number 8-13 (female) keeps a watchful eye on the two sub-adult male Whooping cranes. A possible pair in the making?
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.