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Whooping Crane

Grus americana

Description:

White Overall, red face, black tips on wings. Large crane, ENDANGERED SPECIES!!

Habitat:

Costal Marsh and wetlands, open fields

Notes:

We were so very, very, very lucky to see these wonderful creatures!!! What a thrill indeed. Because they are so endangered I will not disclose exactly where we found these. There were eight in this group and we were given the honor og catching them as they flew in and landed. We will never gorget this day!

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10 Comments

You are so very lucky! It's an amazing species, so tormented and rare...

GarySmith2
GarySmith2 8 years ago

I want to thank everyone for your comments on the whooping. To gatorfellows especially!! By the way I mentioned the sandhills because in one of thie pictures there were two sandhills that had joined the whoopers and are in the background.

sunswimer02
sunswimer02 8 years ago

Gatorfellows, hope you enjoy your trip down here and have fun!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

sunswimmer02 I am visiting your area next week as a continuation of gathering spottings along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Hope I get some luck shots :)

sunswimer02
sunswimer02 8 years ago

Well...I will weigh in and let you guys know that I work for the FWS at Aransas NWR (where the only wild flock of whoopers winters) and confirm gatorfellows and garysmith2's comments. Whooping cranes are still endangered, there're about 300 in the wild flock. It is extremely illegal to shoot one. And in fact we dont allow sandhill crane hunting south of Hwy 77 to help us prevent any mistakes. In person, if you ever see a whooper, you'll know right off it's not a sandhill. Obviously its a big white bird. They look completely different.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Black on the wing tips in photo 3 are consistent with Whooping Crane not Sandhill which has no black tips. Common Crane is only a rare visitor to western North America.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Natralist, I doubt there is any game licenses being issued for Whooping Cranes. There is an International Recovery Plan in place that includes Cananda and the United States. You can download this plan here http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Aransas/wwd/sc...
The Migratory Bird Program alerts hunters to the possibility of Whooping Cranes in the Central Flyway http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/Curren...

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Here is the latest FWS bulletin Feb 15, 2013 about the Whooping Crane population count in the Aransas Tx area. http://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx...

GarySmith2
GarySmith2 8 years ago

I find that very hard to believe. There are only a little over one hundred breeding breeding birds in the world!!! Perhaps you are thinking of the common crane or sandhill crane.

sunswimer02
sunswimer02 8 years ago

Ha, I live right around the corner from where you spotted these guys lol.

GarySmith2
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GarySmith2

Texas, USA

Spotted on Feb 21, 2013
Submitted on Feb 26, 2013

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