Quite the Menagerie!

Joe and I traveled to Port Aransas, TX last week to participate in the 22nd Annual Whooping Crane Festival.

For the past 3 years, we have flown into Corpus Christie. Each of those 3 years, our luggage has not arrived with us so this year, we decided to switch things up and save some money on airfare. Instead, we flew into Houston and drove to Port Aransas. This tactic saved us close to $300 in airfare AND we did get our luggage!

Of course, as we neared the coast, it’s only natural for us to keep our eyes open for Whoopers and we were not disappointed. As we neared Lamar, TX we spotted 3 Whooping Cranes on the south side of the highway.

Naturally, I asked Joe to turn around and I banged off a few photos on his camera. Once we checked into our rooms in Port Aransas, I downloaded those photos and was surprised to see the company the cranes were keeping.

3 Whoopers (including a banded youngster), 6 Sandhill cranes, and yes, a wild boar were all taking advantage of the deer feeder. (Click photo to enlarge)

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  1. Grandma March 7, 2018 11:08 am

    Thank you for sharing the photo with us Heather.

    It won’t be long and they will be winging their way back North.

  2. Andrea Johnson March 7, 2018 10:42 am

    Port Aransas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to seeing the Whoopers. In fact, we saw every thing this NWR had to offer. Amazing refuge with an incredible history when it comes to WC. Of course, my intention was to see WC, and allowed myself 3 days to view them naturally, before I had to succumb to the boat ride available. Then, I saw 3 of my beauties within 2 hours. I was in tears, yep, weeping like a baby. It’s an experience I highly recommend.

  3. Maggie Turk March 7, 2018 8:46 am

    Looks like every one is getting along ok from what I see in the photo. Thanks for sharing the photo.

  4. Cheryl Murphy March 7, 2018 8:14 am

    Great pic! What a menagerie!

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  6. Barbara March 7, 2018 7:59 am

    What a great picture! Thanks for getting Joe to turn around, and Thanks for sharing it. Do you think that the youngster could be the offspring of the adults? Were you close enough to identify the Whooper by its leg bands? Thanks for sharing.

    • Heather Ray March 7, 2018 9:51 am

      Definitely the offspring. Not sure about the ID of the chick though.