Foursome Photos

As we mentioned last week a foursome of ’15 cranes backtracked from Wisconsin and has been spending time at a flooded ag field in LaSalle County, IL since then.

As a refresher – this group consists of Whooping cranes 6-15, 8-15, 10-15 & 11-15.

Steve Patterson shared a few of the photos he captured yesterday with his full-frame, mega-zoom camera and we thought you’d enjoy.

Female Whooping crane 8-15.

Female Whooping crane 8-15.

On the wing...

On the wing…

On the right is the lone male from the group, #11-15.

On the right is the lone male from the group, #11-15.

Thanks for sharing Steve!

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10 Comments

  1. Margie Tomlinson May 20, 2016 6:55 am

    Finally catching up on e-mail & the FJ! What wonderful photos of our Whoopers from the Class of 2015! Thank you Steve for producing them & thank you, again, for posting/sharing them, Heather!

  2. lilbirdz May 18, 2016 11:42 am

    The photos are stunning. I can’t imagine’s Steve’s happiness to be with them.
    Brooke’s entry said “to be continued” when Marianne’s phone rang. Did I miss something?

    http://operationmigration.org/InTheField

    • Heather Ray May 18, 2016 12:38 pm

      He’s working on it

  3. CrabtowneMd May 17, 2016 6:28 pm

    Awesome photos. Love the muddy foot in the first one. That is one gooey cornfield ! Sure hope the cranes are finding grubs and worms and not nibbling the corn shoots. It is always a pleasure to see these beautiful birds. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Joan Poole May 17, 2016 11:43 am

    Thank you for all the updates. 🙂

  5. Sue Wren May 17, 2016 10:43 am

    Fantastic photos, Steve. They are so beautiful.

  6. Sue Mc May 17, 2016 10:39 am

    Thank you!

  7. P Doms (ffmn) May 17, 2016 9:53 am

    Heather: How many miles did they back-track from Wi to Il? Wonderful photos by Steve.

    • Heather Ray May 17, 2016 10:51 am

      According to Google Earth, roughly 100 miles. They stopped near their current location on their way to Wisconsin in April.

  8. Mindy May 17, 2016 7:31 am

    Steve, thank you so much for sharing your photos of our beloved cranes. They mean so much to all of us! Thanks Heather for posting these….