Crane Chicks First Day

After spending their first night in the drypen section, the young cranes were led out onto the grass training strip adjacent their enclosure this morning by Richard van Heuvelen and Doug Pellerin. It was the first time they saw their new summer home and they spent a lot of time taking in the sights of the lovely White River Marsh.

Doug was able to capture the following images to share with you.


Whooping crane number 8 looks a bit timid but super cute with her fuzzy head.


Number 4, aka ‘Peanut’ as dubbed by Brooke Pennypacker due to his small size (The crane, not Brooke)


Our oldest chick, number 2-14 showing her developing black primary feathers.


The youngest of the bunch, number 10-14


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  1. Nancy Freeman July 11, 2014 4:40 pm

    me too Ruth Mitchell ! I can’t take anymore of the sadness that has plagued the Decorah Eaglets…2 seasons of death of the eaglets was enough for me ! 🙁 🙁
    I’m back here for hopefully another VERY successful season of migration with these precious birds…
    thanks OM for the great photos and updates 🙂

  2. Ruth Mitchell July 10, 2014 6:50 pm

    What great pictures and quite the contrast between the youngest and the oldest!! Wow!!!! After the rough ending of my Decorah season…I am SO ready for my beautiful little whoopers!

  3. Marilyn July 10, 2014 2:12 pm

    So enjoy the adventure!!!

  4. Margie Tomlinson July 10, 2014 7:58 am

    All looking good! What a contrast between #2-14 and “Peanut”!

  5. Bobbie July 10, 2014 7:44 am

    Thank you for the photos. They are just GORGEOUS!