Goose Pond Whoopers

Craniac Deanna Uphoff shared this photo with us so that we could share it with you. Deanna visited Goose Pond in Greene County, Indiana in early December and managed to capture 13 Whooping Cranes in one field as they came in to roost for the night.

11 whoopers on the ground and 2 others coming in for a landing. Can you spot them? (Click to enlarge). Photo: Deanna Uphoff

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  1. Dorothy N December 30, 2017 11:09 pm

    Great Photo and glad to get the update on the whoopers. Thanks much, Deanna!!!

  2. Barb December 27, 2017 7:07 pm

    The picture is wonderful, but what is great is: You get to actually see the birds up close and personal. I wish I could be so lucky. Thanks for the picture.

  3. Rolando December 27, 2017 5:22 pm

    A Big Thank YOU hope they stay together and invite other whoopers to the group. Happy New Year

  4. aintthatamerica December 27, 2017 3:24 pm

    Early December? So have they migrated farther south?

    • Heather Ray December 27, 2017 3:39 pm

      Not yet, no. As long as there is open water they’re fine.

      • Barb December 27, 2017 7:09 pm

        Are these Whoppers the last group that will migrate? How many 2017 youngsters are in the group?

        • Heather Ray December 28, 2017 7:49 am

          Deanna was not able to see legbands at that distance so we cannot confirm which birds are in the photo. And they have migrated – Goose Pond is in Greene County, Indiana, some 350 miles south of their summer homes in central Wisconsin.

  5. Kathleen December 27, 2017 2:12 pm

    Amazing! It’s like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. But better!

  6. Mindy December 27, 2017 1:13 pm

    Just amazing! So glad she visited and got that photo….Thank you Deanna!

  7. Grandma December 27, 2017 11:01 am

    Thank you for the photo Deanna. You were in the right place at the right time.

  8. RadAudit December 27, 2017 8:58 am

    Thanks for the photo

  9. Marilyn December 27, 2017 8:58 am

    My heart is so happy!

    Thank you for your work and thank you for sharing, Deanna and Heather!