On his regular Thursday tracking around White River Marsh and surrounding area yesterday, Doug Pellerin was thrilled when the two male Whooping cranes 5-12 & 30-16 flew right over his head. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get his camera out fast enough but radio signals confirmed their identity as the two birds who left St. Marks NWR on March 23rd.
Doug resumed his tracking and determined the two cranes had landed in Henry’s Pond – a small wet area, which was quite popular last year with the costume-reared cohort and others.
Later in the afternoon the signal for 30-16 indicated he was in another favorite spot along the Fox River, while Henry (5-12) was back at his favorite field along Mile Rd.
Welcome back boys! And thanks for the photos Doug!
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