The Whoopers Are Back
After a 2,500 mile plus trip from Canada’s Northwest Territories and Alberta, mainly Wood Buffalo National Park, the Whooping Cranes, the tallest North American bird, have returned to their Texas winter home, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, north of Rockport, Texas.
I had the opportunity to photograph these Whooping Cranes while driving around on the Lamar Peninsula near Goose Island State Park which is across Saint Charles Bay from the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge located on Matagorda Island.
The photographs are of adult Whoopers and one juvenile. The adults are white with black wing tips and legs; the juvenile is reddish brown and white also with black wing tips and legs.
Call upon your imagination and pretend you are watching these graceful birds gently glide above and softly touch down.
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