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Whooping Cranes

 
 
sumac
 
Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 12:38 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/South/11/30/whooping.cranes.ap/index.html

I would give my eye teeth to see a whooper in its natural habitat. Has anyone ever seen one? How about an osprey?
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ul
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 01:00 pm
No, I haven't, but I would like too.
One of my first books I read was the story about "Old Bill- theWhooping Crane".
The courtship dance I would love to watch.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 01:51 pm
Ooooh, that reminds me of the cranecam - is it time for the new season? Where's Walter Hintler?

Sumac - there's a few nesting pairs on the cape near where my parents live. One nest is viewable from their house,
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 01:59 pm
Never seen a "Whooper" in the wild, but I do get to see quite a few Sand Hill Cranes, which are almost as spectacular. They are so cute. Very family minded. You usually see, in a line, a papa, the chicks, and the mama, leading the rear guard. Touching!

In certain parts of my area, especially in this state park that I frequent, you always see ospreys.


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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 02:01 pm
They're pretty!
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 02:03 pm
AND BIG!
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 02:07 pm
Are those feathers blue-ish?
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ul
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 02:17 pm
http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/wildlife/cranes/whoopcra.htm

Phoenix,
what a great picture.

littlek,
Walter gave a link to a stork cam-
I tried to find crane cam- no luck so far.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 02:18 pm
RIGHT! Storks, not cranes! I'm sorry I sent you on a wild goose (or crane) chase....
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 02:38 pm
littlek- the feathers ARE bluish, and they have this distinctive red on their heads.

We have wood storks right in my neighborhood. During certain times of the year, you can see them in small flocks, in a culvert that runs beside the main street in our town.


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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 02:49 pm
I think I might still like herons better. Maybe because I know them better.....
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sumac
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 02:50 pm
I would love to live on or near a coast, any old coast, again. There are so many species of interesting birds that use it during their migratory flyways.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 03:25 pm
But those watery pockets inland amass lots of varieties of birds in a small space - good bird-watch-hunting!
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quinn1
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 05:10 pm
I like the Herons particularly myself, and I think its due to like little k, know them well.
They are all magnificent though, theres nothing like seeing them in flight...or the nests even.
Swan nests amaze me as well...they're just SO BIG.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 05:11 pm
are swans' nests on the ground or in the trees?
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quinn1
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 06:47 pm
neither..well, sometimes perhaps
okay..Ive seen them on water
I would guess that since they nest around here a great deal in inlets, trees and ground could be involved in a small way.
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husker
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 06:56 pm
Being from Nebraska - I've seen my share - seeing all those Cranes is about beyond description.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 08:30 pm
On the water? Wow!
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quinn1
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 08:58 pm
You've never seen a swans nest? Youre pullin my leg..arrent you???

Cambridge:

http://www.cambridge2000.com/cambridge2000/images/0004/P4070604.jpg
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2002 09:02 pm
Not pulling your leg or your tail feathers, that's wild!
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