2 Whooping Crane's pic, as free birds, are still so rare! Have you seen 'em up close? I did today!
Posted: 01-19-2019 07:38 PM
At 9:30 AM this morning the wind driven rain was cold as I tried a waterfowl hunt near the end of season after work. No ducks were seen on the plentiful sheet water in the picked soybean field north of a big drain ditch. Two large white birds were seen on the east side. I knew they were whooping cranes and not snow geese from well over a football field's distance away.
Low and behold within 30 minutes they had walked back west picking greens, soybeans, etc. In a very short time the long legged pair were 80 feet in front of me!
The migrating rare birds changed locations so I saw them in three different fields. But each time I took my eyes off them just briefly. They had flown off and I did not see their 7 foot wings in action! It was surely ghost-like not even seeing them in the air as I explained my sighting live on the cell phone to my friend, wife and two daughters!
See how rare they are in a federal bird census during 2015!
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Quivira/wild ... crane.html