Sunday, November 23, 2008

ANWR Boat Tour

Here are a couple of Pix from Aransas. More to come!

Daddy Whooper, and

Whooper Chick.
So to keep some of these pictures in order, I've decided to edit this post instead of adding a new one. One thing that may not be obvious from these pictures is that Whooping cranes are really big birds. They stand five feet tall -- that's almost as tall as me!

On this last trip, we saw about 26 whooping cranes on the single trip. Captain Tommy said it was a record for him! We saw these magnificent birds really up close -- as the pictures above show. We also got to see a great little drama.

One of the adults captured a snake! I can't be sure, but I think this may be the female -- you'll notice that she's really shaking things up.

It's not too long before Junior comes over to investigate. You'll notice that the snake isn't real excited about this idea -- it's wrapped itself around a bit of brush and is hanging on for dear life!

But in the end, Mom relents and Junior has lunch!


Cliff said...

We're not in Nebraska anymore, Toto. Great pictures. Thanks for the kind words on my post Marc.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Fabulous pics.