The Whooping Cranes decided to take a short flight. It was very windy and one got airborne but the other one didn't. The one in the air kept calling for his mate and circled around until he/she finally managed to take flight. It was kind of interesting to see that they were going to stay together! They made a short flight to another part of the prairie. It was extremely windy and I had trouble getting focused so I was unable to photograph both flying. I almost missed this one but did get this one shot.
There is a group trying to breed and start a new colony of migrating Whooping Cranes. They raise the chicks and then escort them to their winter grounds in Florida. They actually made their way to St. Marks National Wildlife Preserve on Saturday the 17th. A lot of people went to watch the flyover, but we made the decision to head to Tampa for the RV show instead. Operation Migration is a non profit group trying to save the endangered Whooping Cranes.Seeing the masses of Sand cranes was quite a site. These cranes seemed a little more gray then the ones we used to see all over town in Tampa. After doing some research, I found out there are several different types of Sand Cranes, some are brownish, some gray and they also come in different sizes. One of the volunteers told us they estimated there were 6,000 to 8,000 Sand Cranes. I did some reading and discovered when the migrate to North Platte, Nebraska there may be 500,000 birds! That is one place we have to see! My friend Carol used to live there and said it is quite an incredible sight. They are everywhere around town.