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Young whooping crane in flight | by cmnsumd
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Young whooping crane in flight

This young whooping crane is on its first fall migration, guided by an Operation Migration ultralight. Brown bars on its wings will fade by the time this bird migrates north in spring. Whoopers in the Eastern population have identifying bands, and many carry tracking devices that record their movements in detail.

 

Required photo credit: Joe Duff/copyright Operation Migration USA Inc.

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Taken on August 28, 2013