Roving Reporter / Behind the Scenes | "Tough Love" Photo and Text by Stephen Fisher


"I certainly don’t pretend to be an expert on many things…certainly not Whooping Cranes. But…I think it is fair to say that I’ve seen more cranes than the average person. I live in Rockport, TX, and thats where the Whooping Cranes come every winter. And this is something I’ve NEVER seen…

We had the opportunity to observe a family of three Whooping Cranes forge for Wolfberries and Blue Crabs for several hours. Both were plentiful, and the female adult and the colt were constantly moving and eating. The male crane remained close, but spent a lot of the time scanning for other cranes attempting to enter their territory.

All of a sudden the colt just laid down in the marsh and appeared to sleep. I have never ever seen a crane lay down. I’ve seen them resting on one leg, I’ve seen them sleeping standing up. But never laying down. Maybe I’m wrong, but… The female crane noticed her colt down and made a few calls to it. When the colt didn’t respond, she walked over and gave him a peck with her beak. The colt finally stood again and resumed eating. I guess the colt had just worn itself out and wanted to rest. “Mom” had other plans…" - Stephen Fisher

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