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Whooping cranes at the White River Marsh

The summer of 2011 finds the whooping cranes at their new home at the White River marsh just west of Berlin Wisconsin in Green Lake county.

For the first 10 years Operation Migration trained the cranes at Necedah Wisconsin on the refuge.

We were in the blind on the morning of August 21st for a up close and personal view of these birds. Needless to say this was another item to cross off the "bucket list" for me. The photos below were taken from the blind and shot though a field of big blue stem, so they are fuzzy at times, but what the camera can not image my mind can. To me this was an awsome day and I am sure it was for the other 4 people in the blind too. I want to thank our host, Doug Pellerin for the tour, the handlers, Caleb and Geoffrey and Richard the pilot for their time and effort to make us feel like part of the project. We will return.




Photos by fisher
Housing for whoopers
Housing for whoopers
They are excited.
They are excited.
Waiting for the mother bird.
Waiting for the mother bird.
They bicker at times.
They bicker at times.
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4.jpg
Here comes Richard
Here comes Richard
Two on the wing
Two on the wing
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7.jpg
Back at the ranch, they wait.
Back at the ranch, they wait.
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9.jpg
Time for a break from flying.
Time for a break from flying.
The pecking order is taking place in the flock.
The pecking order is taking place in the flock.
Painted wings
Painted wings
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13.jpg
Taken out the back door of the blind.
Taken out the back door of the blind.
The fly day is over.
The fly day is over.
Time for the lock up.
Time for the lock up.
Is that you Richard?
Is that you Richard?
The team for August 21, 2011
The team for August 21, 2011
Mother crane takes a well deserved break.
Mother crane takes a well deserved break.
Whooping crane visiting team for August 21, 2011
Whooping crane visiting team for August 21, 2011