Photo Roundup

Brooke sent along the following images taken this week. It looks as if socializing 101 is well underway!

whooping crane chicks train with aircraft.

The three youngest in this year’s cohort spend time together in the circle pen following the small aircraft, while the puppet dispenses mealworms.

Crane chick stand-off

Crane chick stand-off

Young whooping crane chicks basically want to kill each other so the handlers must keep a watchful eye at all times to break up any skirmishes.

Young whooping crane chicks basically want to kill each other so the handlers must keep a watchful eye at all times to break up any skirmishes.

Young 10-14 has her toes taped with tiny wooden splints to help them develop properly.

Young 10-14 has her toes taped with tiny wooden splints to help them develop properly.

Meanwhile, the older chicks have been spending time in the ponded pen section at Patuxent. Geoff sent along this photo of our oldest crane number 2-14. Look how much larger than the others she is!

2-14v spends time foraging in the small pond.

2-14v spends time foraging in the small pond.

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15 Comments

  1. Clark Schultz June 13, 2014 8:51 pm

    I was wondering how the wild chicks were doing, and if there were any re-nests or still incubating pairs, especially at White River Marsh.

  2. Margie Tomlinson June 13, 2014 8:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the up-date photos, Brooke! Their little wings look like a “hands-on-the-hips” pose. Hard to believe they would want to kill each other – sheesh! Heather, Can I adopt #2-14, too?

  3. KLJinOz June 13, 2014 5:56 pm

    Lil fuzzballs are so cute. Thanks for posting!

  4. P Main June 13, 2014 1:24 pm

    Aww little splints, make it hard to walk or they do okay with those on? Thanks so much for the great pics!

    • Heather Ray June 13, 2014 1:49 pm

      They do just fine :-)

  5. Ruth Mitchell June 13, 2014 12:54 pm

    Adorable!!! We need Brooke to work on convincing them that peace is the way to go!!!! lol

  6. Patricia Wenzel June 13, 2014 10:12 am

    They are so cute that it’s hard to believe they just want to kill each other.

  7. Rita June 13, 2014 9:59 am

    Boy they are growing so fast!! Good to see the three are now friends. They still are cute.

  8. LindiLovesBirds June 13, 2014 9:00 am

    Thanks for the pic’s, they are so cute :)

  9. LaraLeaf June 13, 2014 8:18 am

    Wonderful to see the chicks during this time. Hope all are doing well, and that 10’s little toes become straight.

  10. Joey June 13, 2014 7:36 am

    absolutely darling….

  11. Russell Allison June 13, 2014 7:21 am

    Can’t wait to see them in the air in Sept. Go Whoopers!

  12. Lori (loriearn) June 13, 2014 6:25 am

    So CUTE!!!! What is the age differences for these little ones?

    • Heather Ray June 13, 2014 8:36 am

      9 days between 2-14 & 10-14

  13. Patti Hakanson June 13, 2014 5:32 am

    :) <3 Nuf Said!!! So looking forward to this new season! :)