Update Nov 03, 2003: added
two fine flight shots, courtesy (and copyright) of Imre Karafiath;
bottom images. Update Nov 02, 2003: look for link between bottom two images to enjoy
the cranes singing!
These Whooping Cranes (Grus americana)
were photographed at Lake Weatherford, Parker County, Texas on
November 01, 2003 during Fort Wort Audubon Society's First Annual
Whooping Crane Watch:-
Ed and Mary Lane (that's Mary looking through the 'scope) have
a home overlooking the north end of Lake Weatherford (located
c. 25 miles west of Fort Worth), and for the second time in three
years watched a group of Whooping Cranes come in to roost on Halloween!
Two years ago the six birds departed at first light, hence the
crowd of admirers at dawn. However the low clouds this morning
persuaded these cranes (all unbanded) to lounge around until 9.35a.m.,
allowing fabulous looks: