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Whooping Cranes and more…

February 02

I just returned from a weekend of photographing along the Upper Texas coast with friends from Houston. Saturday morning we chartered a boat to take us out to a chain of islands where wintering Whooping Cranes could be found. We were very fortunate to find at least 8 Whooping Cranes including one juvenile bird. There are fewer than 250 pairs of Whooping Cranes left in the wild due to habitat loss but rehabilitation efforts are having great success and numbers are quickly rebounding. Most of the Whooping Crane population winters along the Texas coast while a smaller population also winters in Florida.

Spent the rest of the weekend trying to work on other Texas specialties, such as Nine-banded Armadillo, White-tailed Hawk, Mottled Duck, Tropical Parula, Neotropic Cormorant and others. Lots of photos follow:

Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane (juv.)

Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane

White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk

White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk

White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Tropical Parula
Tropical Parula

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

White Ibis
White Ibis

Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird

Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

 

Posted by on February 2, 2009 in Photography Adventures

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