The young Whooping cranes are now being taken out for longer periods of time. Once out, we sneak away and letting them do bird things on their own. Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 are doing ok and are gaining independence.
Alternatively, 6 and 8 are not sure they like the pond, so far they would rather not get their feet wet. It’s a process.
One of us goes in the pond to lure them in, after they are busy and distracted that costume hides in the scrub in the deeper water, where there is a perfect hidey hole.
We stay in our hides till they get antsy and start looking panicky. We are doing about 3 hours out now. Then it’s back to the raspberry patch for a snack on the way back to the pen.
Water floods your boots and you squish all the way back to the van.