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| p.1 #1 · Operation Crane Migration (Whooping) |
Photos are uploaded for "interest', not content s they aren't prize winners.
A "class" of 8 "baby" whooping cranes is being led down south from southern Wisc to Loisiana. At this point they are temporarily "stuck" in Northern, Il, Pecatonica, their 5th lay-over point.
I drove out on Sunday, the 27 to see them head south out of Pec.
They took off with their "mother-ship" but immediately encountered headwinds and could only make 28 m.p.h. ground speed. The O.M. team felt this was too tough for the young birds and that they would not be able to make it to their next lay-over point in LaSalle Co, IL. So everybody turned back for the Pec lay-over point and they have been grounded there ever since.
Photo one shows the support ultra-light pilot giving us a fly-by after the mission had been aborted. Photo two shows the young whoopers and their "mother" heading back to camp. Unfortunately for the 20 or so photographers who had gathered at the specified fly-over spot, this was as close as the birds got to them.
I'm thinking about going out Friday to see them off if conditions look good ... any Chicago area photogs want to share the ride.
"Another Mother" Fly-by