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These are Whooping Cranes

Last month I blogged about Whooping Crane identification because, I knew then, Whooping Crane would soon be moving through the state.  Well, a few birds have been observed in the state.  NGPC Southwest District Staff reported and documented twelve Whooping Cranes stopping-over in Frontier County last week.  Some photos were taken and these are shared, below.  Special thanks to Chad Taylor for his work reporting these Whoopers and also to Terry Perks for the photographs.

Whooping Cranes - Frontier County
A beautiful fall scene of Whooping Cranes in Nebraska.  Photo by Terry Perks
Whooping Cranes - Frontier County
These are excellent photographs of Whooping Cranes because the birds are not being disturbed.  Indeed, they are going about their business of feeding.  I will say time and time again, Whooping Cranes should not be approached or disturbed. Photo by Terry Perks
Whooping Cranes - Frontier County
One of these birds is not like the other.   The rusty individual in the middle is a juvenile (hatched this past summer) Whooping Crane.  Photo by Terry Perks

About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

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