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Whooping Crane, and my return!

 
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Jan 11, 2014 11:01 |  #1

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been around since last spring. Just took the summer off taking pictures, and got back into the swing around October. I am just now getting around to looking through and editing my images, so will be posting much more regularly again.

Finding a Whooping Crane has always been very high on my wish list of birds to find due to their obvious scarcity. As of 2011, there were only 437 reported birds left in the wild. I was driving with a group of friends when I spotted a large white bird hanging out on a ranch in the middle of 15-20 brahma bulls. At first I thought it was a Sandhill, but this bird was just brighter than most Sandhills, even the ones in this area. I turned around and looked and was amazed it was actually a Whooper!


While trying to get closer to this bird, I dropped my lens hood over the barb wire fence encaging the bulls, and I went to grab for the hood and quickly noticed it was an electric fence! Since I shoot a majority of my pictures hand held, I had to run back to the truck to get my monpod, fully extend it, and try to pick up the large metal hood, and not shock myself! I was only able to get 5-6 images before the owners or ranch hands ran me off, but at least I got to see them, and got a decent image as proof!

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Jan 11, 2014 11:28 |  #2

Welcome back. That's a wonderful photo.


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Jan 11, 2014 13:20 |  #3

plenty of jewelery on him , Great shot


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Jan 11, 2014 16:32 |  #4

Congrats, welcome back and a great image.


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Jan 11, 2014 16:44 |  #5

Nice to see you shooting and posting again, Congrats on your quest too! Whoever it was, I think they finally have enough bands or whatever contraptions it is they have on that poor Crane, one kinda looks like a level or coil,
A beautiful Crane it is! Great shot!


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Jan 11, 2014 19:05 |  #6

Excellent photo. Hope to get that close to one someday and capture as well. Down in Port Aransas, tx, close to their winter grounds. They're a big interest here.


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Jan 12, 2014 07:09 |  #7

Wonderful shot.


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Jan 13, 2014 06:14 |  #8

Very well done Jason, there is some interesting info about this particular crane here - http://10000birds.com/​whooping-crane-ancestry.htm (external link)


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Jan 13, 2014 11:25 |  #9

Great capture!


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Jan 13, 2014 14:55 |  #10

Great shot Jason. Glad you survived the experience.


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Jan 17, 2014 20:45 |  #11

Joe52 wrote in post #16601317 (external link)
Very well done Jason, there is some interesting info about this particular crane here - http://10000birds.com/​whooping-crane-ancestry.htm (external link)

Thank you very very much! So cool!


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Jan 17, 2014 20:47 |  #12

DanThoman wrote in post #16596728 (external link)
Welcome back. That's a wonderful photo.

Thank you Dan!

macui1 wrote in post #16596953 (external link)
plenty of jewelery on him , Great shot

Thank you!

2n10 wrote in post #16597401 (external link)
Congrats, welcome back and a great image.

Thank you, its good to be back!

Oldjackssparrows wrote in post #16597431 (external link)
Nice to see you shooting and posting again, Congrats on your quest too! Whoever it was, I think they finally have enough bands or whatever contraptions it is they have on that poor Crane, one kinda looks like a level or coil,
A beautiful Crane it is! Great shot!

Thank you! and yea, I feel pretty bad for the bird having to carry all those markers around.

ardeekay wrote in post #16597709 (external link)
Excellent photo. Hope to get that close to one someday and capture as well. Down in Port Aransas, tx, close to their winter grounds. They're a big interest here.

Yea as they should be, we need to keep these birds around

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Wonderful shot.

Thank you Lester

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Great capture!

Thanks Neo

Don1 wrote in post #16602479 (external link)
Great shot Jason. Glad you survived the experience.

Haha as am I Don, thanks!


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Jan 18, 2014 15:16 |  #13

Good shot Jason. Lol, a friend of mine touched an electric fence with his tripod, zapped him enough to knock him over, so you were lucky you noticed in time! Can't remember now if he fried his electronics or not. I wasn't there, just heard the tale. But he hit his head on something as he was zapped, and that was what justabout knocked him out!


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Jan 18, 2014 15:24 |  #14

Welcome back Jason, I was wondering where you were. I'm glad all is well and that you'e back with us.

Nice shot and a great find, I was hoping to find a few of these ones day on my trips down. I remember them being spotted along Joe Overstreet years ago.

Keep the shots coming and stay well grounded. :)


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Jan 19, 2014 18:05 |  #15

What a bird for a return! That's one of my dream finds, I knew they were endangered but had no idea their numbers were so low-sandhills on the other hand seem to be exploding. I see more every year.




  
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