From Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to their destination, Wood Buffalo National Park , the only surviving natural wild flock of whooping cranes make this incredible 2,500 mile migration each spring to begin their nesting season. Absolutely an amazing journey and feat!
This captivating photo of whooping cranes over Saskatchewan, was taken by John Siller from Saskatchewan. Below is John’s account on how this photo came about. It’s a perfect example of always having your camera within reach.
Friends of the Wild Whoopers, (FOTWW) would like to thank John for allowing us to share his photo of the wild ones.
“So I was working on a grain auger this morning right out front of the shop doors. Stubborn thing just would not start. As I worked I could hear flight after flight of cranes flying past on today’s strong SE wind. I always looked up, checking for white ones, but no luck…. As there were so many going past I thought perhaps a wise man would have his camera ready, just in case. I walked over to the pickup and took out my camera, turned it on, checked the settings and heard another flight coming in. As they passed my jaw dropped, 3 Whoopers at the end of the flight and I am standing there loaded and ready. Not perfect but… This is a prize for me and glad to share it. I hope some of you enjoy it.”
We are confident that everyone will enjoy seeing this photo! Thank you John!
***** FOTWW’s mission is to help preserve and protect the Aransas/Wood Buffalo
population of wild whooping cranes and their habitat. *****
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