Rain, Fog or Wind…

Take your pick because since last Friday, any one, or all, have prevented aircraft training with our young Whooping cranes. On Monday evening the skies opened up and dumped a LOT of rain over the entire area, which filled the wetpen back to it’s original state. The cranes have been having a great time wading in the deeper water but I’m sure they’re eager to be airborne again.

The pilots are eager to fly also (trust me, there is nothing sadder than a grounded pilot). Hopefully this morning they’ll get their chance.

Tom Schultz captured some photos for us from inside the enclosure on Tuesday.

whooping crane wingspan

Our youngest colt, number 10-14 shows off her glorious wings.

This time she shows the front view of her wings while her sister, number 9-14 looks on. Note the still blue/gray eyes on number 7-14 in the forefront? Soon they will change to a bright yellow.

This time she shows the front view of her wings while her sister, number 9-14 looks on. Note the still blue/gray eyes on number 7-14 in the forefront? Soon they will change to a bright yellow.

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3 Comments

  1. Peggy Main August 21, 2014 5:41 pm

    wonderful pictures.

  2. Patti hakanson August 21, 2014 10:46 am

    LOOK at that wing span, and how much white is appearing! They will soon be ready to head south! Such a pleasure watching them grow, and progress!!

  3. Shepherd August 21, 2014 6:17 am

    I see the fawrg drifting around at 5 am – and a HUGE mass of rain covering Minnesnowta heading for Wisconsin.
    Saw the pics of the chick’s wings spread – and am astonished how much white she has already!