Weaning From the Costume

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. 

This is the view from inside the blind.

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.

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5 Comments

  1. Dorothy N August 10, 2017 10:20 am

    Looks like one heck-uv-a barrel of fun (not). Like the scenery from the blind – stunningly limited. Thank you for ALL that you do!!!

  2. Rolando August 10, 2017 8:43 am

    Thank you.

  3. Diane August 10, 2017 8:16 am

    Love the pictures, we were in the White River Marsh area yesterday, such a beautiful area. love all the wildlife! Thank you for always keeping us in the loop.

    • Heather Ray August 10, 2017 10:05 am

      Diane – thank you!!! (And Ruppert) ?

      • Diane August 10, 2017 10:18 am

        You are so very welcome! We had spent several hrs. at the marsh and was leaving, when hubby said I think that is the WC van, they were pulling onto the road and they stopped. It was a thrill to meet Colleen. 🙂