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A Whooping Crane!


A lone Whooping Crane was spotted resting among a large flock of Sand Hill Cranes at the University of Florida’s cattle pastures on Williston Rd. in Gainesville, Florida on February 7, 2015.  This is a wonderful spot for the visiting cranes as there is plenty of food in the hay and grains fed to the cattle herd, and there is enough water for all.  Whooping Cranes are pretty seldom seen here in Florida.

The cranes are migratory birds and visiting Gainesville for the Winter.  The fenced cattle pastures seem good for the cranes as they are not bothered by people who may be walking around nearby (This pasture is across from residential neighborhoods).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Whooping Crane!" (7)

  1. What a find! I’d love to see one!

    • Hi Montucky, It was fortunate that I had been tipped off that there was a Whooping Crane there at the Univ. of FL facility. I think it may in fact, be one that had been released into the marshland at Paynes Prairie Preserve about 10 or so miles down Southeast of there. Have a great weekend!

  2. What a very cool sighting of the Whooping Crane.. They have a research breeding program with the Whooping Cranes here at the Patuxent Wildlife refuge here in Maryland.. Great photos, have a happy Monday!

    • I was reading about the Whooping Cranes in Florida.. There is a non-migratory flock of Whooping Cranes near Kissimmee Florida. And there is the larger migratory group at a wildlife refuge called…Chassahowitzka ..

      • Hi Eileen, Thanks for letting me know. Chassahowitzka is from what I have read, mainly island based marshland with little shore access (good for kayaking in some places apparently). Boat access is what mainly happens. There probably are spots that do have OK access from land. I have not been there. Kissimmee is down near Orlando. There had been a now ended program to release Whooping Cranes into Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Gainesville (Guess the Whoopers did not thrive?). Have a great weekend!

  3. that’s awesome! just resting near the cattle. 🙂

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