Whooping Crane 2 by AuntDot

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-25 lens; 1/100s, f/5.6, ISO 250, focal length 96.0mm
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This Whooping Crane is a resident of the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park in Florida, U.S.A. (Info below)

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FEATURED in Alphabet Soup, June 16, 2012

From Wikipedia:
The Whooping Crane (Grus americana), the tallest North American bird, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound and call. Along with the Sandhill Crane, it is one of only two crane species found in North America. The whooping crane’s lifespan is estimated to be 22 to 24 years in the wild. There is an estimate of only 400+ left in the wild (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: February 03, 2008)

Adult whooping cranes are white with a red crown and a long, dark, pointed bill. Immature whooping cranes are pale brown. While in flight, their long necks are kept straight and their long dark legs trail behind. Adult whooping cranes’ black wing tips are visible during flight.

The species stands nearly 1.5 meters (5 feet) with a wingspan of 2.3 meters (7.5 feet).

Other Sources: Whooping cranes are omnivorous, probing the soil subsurface with their bills and taking foods from the soil surface or vegetation. The whooping crane breeds, migrates, winters, and forages in a variety of wetland and other habitats.

Operation Migration: To assist in the migration of young whooping cranes, pilots flying ultralights lead several of them from Wisconsin to Florida over the period of two or three months. Local residents in my town, Dunnellon, Florida keep track of the progress of the migration and assemble early in the morning on the day they are scheduled to fly over the Dunnellon Airport (as they did on January 25, 2011). After that the cranes can migrate on their own


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Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • Margaret  Shark
    Margaret Sharkover 2 years ago

    Great shot, Dot. Good lighting, great capture of the white without blowing it out, Sharp around the face. Well done.

  • Thank you Margaret. That wildlife park is the only place I’ve ever seen a whooping crane.

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 2 years ago

    Another terrific shot!

  • Thanks so much. I appreciate all your support!

    – AuntDot

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 2 years ago

    gorgeous portrait of this Teacher, Dot! well done :o)

  • Thanks very much, Quinn. A bird you don’t see much, so I wanted to share it with everyone.

    – AuntDot

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    gorgeous !!!

  • Thanks again!

    – AuntDot

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 2 years ago

    Beautiful image!!

  • Thank you, my friend!

    – AuntDot

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Good info and great shot.

  • Thanks much, Judy!

    – AuntDot

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 2 years ago

    Wonderful and beautiful capture, Dot, (love your new Avatar too)

  • Thanks very much, Elfie!

    – AuntDot

  • Noble Upchurch
    Noble Upchurchover 2 years ago

    Oh Dot….I think this is even more beautiful….must be viewed large where the magic lives!!!!

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  • You are a true friend, Noble! Thank you so much!!!!

    – AuntDot

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 2 years ago


  • Thanks! Not a bird you see every day!

    – AuntDot

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