Whooping crane (Grus americana) male adult soaring to the sky from the field below at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
As I was photographing this whooping crane family of two adults and one colt foraging for food in the wetlands area from a charted boat along the Intracoastal Waterway, the male adult suddenly displayed his about to take flight behavior by extending his neck forward. When the adult male displayed this behavior, I knew he was about to take flight. Hence, I got ready, handholding my camera and lens and captured this image of the whooping crane soaring to the sky over his mate and colt in the wetlands below.
These majestic cranes are an endangered species in North America. These wintering whooping cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge are the only self-sustaining wild flock at this time and migrate from their breeding grounds at Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada to Texas each winter.[the_ad id="61677"]