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Whooping Crane

Adult whooping cranes. On the morning of Nov 19, 2015 I was treated to a rare sight at pond in the town of Lamar across St Charles Bay from the Aransas Wildlife refuge.Seven adult whooping cranes, which I determined to be three pairs plus one adult single, were feeding very close together. I have never seen this before as whooping cranes always (almost!) feed in a family group consisting of two adults plus their one or sometimes two chicks. In this case there were no young birds suggesting unsuccessful nesting for these birds. There was quite a bit of displaying with paired, evidently, cranes marching side by side with bills pointed up and wings drooping. After a while two pairs flew off leaving one pair and the single crane. The three cranes continued feeding close to each other with frequent fights between the male (I assume) of the pair and the single crane. I'm sure there was a lot of calling as I could see bills open but I couldn't hear them because of my deafness.<br />
 The following set of photos is a selection of the shots I took.
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Adult whooping cranes
Adult whooping cranes. On the morning of Nov 19, 2015 I was treated to a rare sight at pond in the town of Lamar across St Charles Bay from the Aransas Wildlife refuge.Seven adult whooping cranes, which I determined to be three pairs plus one adult single, were feeding very close together. I have never seen this before as whooping cranes always (almost!) feed in a family group consisting of two adults plus their one or sometimes two chicks. In this case there were no young birds suggesting...
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Date: 19 Nov 2015
Location: Lamar TX
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