For the first time since the costume-reared cohort arrived June 21st, we had an pair of Whooping cranes land just outside the crane enclosure at White River Marsh.
I managed to catch them in flight as they left their roost location north of the pen and they were flying toward the southwest. You could almost see the exact moment when they realized their former pen contained young cranes as they made a hard left and headed straight for the runway.
I zoomed in as soon as they landed and from the legbands could tell it was male #4-13 and female #10-15.
Here’s a short clip showing them about 20 ft from the young Whooping crane colts. In total they stayed 1:04 before the costumes arrived and they flew off. They’ll be back…