Whooping Crane 3 - 07 (Male)
10th of 15 in Series | Undisclosed Location, Georgia, USA | 1 December 2010
This is one of the rarest birds in North America. In the 1940s, there were less than 20 individuals on the planet. Today, there are less than 400 in the wild and less than 200 in captivity. The Whooping Cranes pictured in this series are free, and are 4 of the 107 individuals in the wild in Eastern North America.
The 2 color bands denote either 2007 (R/G) or 2008 (R/W).
The 3 color bands, in combination with year bands, denote their individual identity: [RGW, 3-07, Male], [RWG, 38-08, Female], [GRW, 7-07, Male], [WGW, 39-07, Female].
The Cranes were in a pasture/swamp, on private property, on the other side of a fence and hedge-row. I remained in the same spot, on my side of the fence/hedge, on the shoulder of a road, for a limited period of time. I used a heavy, long telephoto lens mounted on a heavy stationary tripod. I enlarged and cropped the photos significantly.