Occasionally, while driving through White River Marsh area we come across some old friends.
Over the weekend, I spied #30-16 (Johnny) – one of the first Parent-reared Whooping cranes released in this area. He was foraging in a wetland where one of our Sandhill crane study nests is located. In fact, as Joe approached the nest area to erect a trail camera, the incubating crane very nonchalantly walked over to where Johnny was foraging and began searching for tasty treats just in front of him.
Once Joe was finished, the two Sandhills headed back to the nest, while Johnny took off. It was incredible to watch him lazily circle the marsh and catch a thermal. With each circuit, he climbed higher and higher till her was a mere white dot way up high in the sky.