The Whoopers Are Back

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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.

Click on the photograph to enlarge.

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8 thoughts on “The Whoopers Are Back”

  1. Michael, I cannot believe how you got these shots. I need to try that “fast clicking” on my camera – if I can find it. And they are certainly “gently gliding” before “softly” touching down.

  2. Oh, I love their majestic elegance!!! And the parents have to get credit for teaching their child so well!!! He looks exactly as they do in all flight modes…? How tall are they?

  3. very lovely area, aransas, and very beautiful birds, whoopers. i bet they are tired after their flight down south.

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