Whooping Crane Pair at the Pen Site!

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…

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4 Comments

  1. Catherine Wohlfeil August 22, 2017 10:45 pm

    Alright 4-13!! Another flock to lead and teach!

  2. Mindy August 22, 2017 6:54 pm

    Love the video, they are so beautiful, Heather, thank you.

  3. Marilyn August 22, 2017 2:36 pm

    Love it, love it. Thank you!

  4. Di Lowe- WI August 22, 2017 12:51 pm

    This was a thrill be able to watch their visit this morning. Thank you Heather for your expert cam driving! We so appreciate you and all the mods for everything you do for the WC and us viewers.!