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Whooper1 | by Audrey R. Smith (NatureQuest)
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Joe Overstreet Landing, 20 miles south of St.Cloud, FL--the pair of cranes flew in as I pulled in to the parking area. I was disappointed in the location after having driven for 2 hours only to discover that it was little more than a boat ramp on to Lake Kissimmee. However, Lake Kissimme is well-known for habitat for whooping cranes (note the bands on both and transmitter on one) and snail kites. Sure enough, as I circled the parking area, I spotted a female snail kite perched in a tree a short distance away. As I was parking my car, this pair of whoopers flew in and landed out in the pasture, eventually working their way closer to me.

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Taken in March 2007