Dancing whooping cranes - Grus americana

8 comments so far...

Doerthe December 31, 2016, 03:08 PM
Wonderful to see this. Did you notice the bands on their legs? None of the others have them.
Ron Losure December 31, 2016, 05:13 PM
Yes, I saw the bands. There are only about 300 whooping cranes, and most or all of them wear leg bands for identification. Many also wear radio transmitters so their locations can be known.
AlicjaKalina February 05, 2017, 12:27 PM
Fantastique ! Amicalement
Ron Losure February 06, 2017, 12:35 AM
Thank you very much, Alicja. I am very fortunate that these wonderful birds have decided to spend their winters near me.
DianePutnam February 09, 2017, 08:00 AM
Only 300 left? I am shocked. So lucky to get this action on camera!
Ron Losure February 17, 2017, 04:11 AM
300 is actually good news. There were less than 20 in the mid 20th century. There have been several programs to assist the increase in the population. One of them, "Operation Migration", led juvenile whooping cranes from Wisconsin to Florida. One year, a few birds refused to continue to Florida and were left here in Alabama. More whooping cranes have joined them since.
Marvin Matthews June 03, 2017, 03:12 PM
This "dance" brings back such wonderful memories of my time in Nebraska. Magnificent birds. Good news indeed.
Ron Losure June 03, 2017, 04:39 PM
Thank you very much, Marvin. They can be seen at Wheeler NWR in northwest Alabama in midwinter.
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