Meet W3-17

Brooke was able to capture a couple of photos of W3-17 with its dad, whooping crane number 24-09 last week in Adams County, Wisconsin.

This young crane was first spotted by Bev Paulan during a flight on May 5th. At that time, the chick was still on the nest mound so it was only a day or two old. 

Whooping crane colt W3-17 out foraging with dad number 24-09. Photo: Brooke Pennypacker

Whooping crane colt #W3-17 was roughly 30 days of age at the time this photo was taken. Photo: Brooke Pennypacker

Share Button


  1. Mindy June 9, 2017 12:43 pm

    Oh how precious! Great pics Brooke, thank you!

  2. Marilyn June 9, 2017 11:05 am

    Awwww.. what sweet photos! Just in time for Father’s Day!

  3. Dorothy N June 9, 2017 10:11 am

    Ditto to Jean’s comment. It’s almost like being there among the grasses and seeing them myself. 24-09 is being a very good parent!

  4. Mollie Cook June 9, 2017 9:33 am

    SO GREAT to see these pics & what a thrill for Brooke to be able to get the shot. Blessings of hope for the future!!

  5. Kathrine Noran June 9, 2017 9:14 am

    Thank you!

  6. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd June 9, 2017 8:13 am

    SWEET ! thank you for posting the awesome pictures. What promise they hold for the future of whooping cranes. May W3-17 continue to thrive.