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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2015, 01:38:28 PM »

July 11, 2015     Sataday   Shepnotes 
7.10 am  trike flew in - fog delay - Richard is the pilot
7.15 am  Training begins
All 6 stayed with trike nicely, all are spreading their wings
Its neat to see them running with, behind, or ahead of the trike with open wings

July 11 training session
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwrOI0e__Yw

July 10 evening flying birds, buck deer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln_9WQUMWYY

pheasant visit 07 10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1aMO9gTs2Y

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2015, 08:46:15 AM »

July 12, 2015     SONday   Shepnotes 
7.40 am  trike flew in - fog delay - Richard is the pilot
7.45 am  Training

Keith posts the training videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/QhQnmS

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Chicks eat Purina crane chow  -  and their feeders are sterilized weekly

July 7 update of current trends of chicks by Heather

http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2015/07/07/training-update-8

Meet the Class of 2015 Whooping Cranes June 2015
This has their individual photos and a brief description of their personalities

http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2015/06/19/9118

Some nice crane pics by Colleen
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/page/2/?n=field-journal-operationmigration

I have titled today's 2 pics - follow grapes - because thats what their training is.
Drive trike 10 feet, stop, give chicks grapes, smelt, mealworms, or whatever treat

FOLLOW ME is the most important lesson OM teaches.


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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2015, 05:41:18 AM »

July 13, 2015     Monday   Shepnotes 
Lots of rain, no train, dont complain   ;D

If Only We Were Fluent in Whooping Crane   8)
Good article by pilot Joe Duff and great photos

http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2015/07/13/if-only-we-were-fluent-in-whooping-crane



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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2015, 08:07:14 AM »

July 15, 2015     Wenzday   Shepnotes 
6.30 am  training, RVH pilot  (Richard)
WB (adult whoopers) mixed em up.  WB get along well with the chix, not aggressive,
but do interfere with training.

There was no training July 14 - too windy
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2015, 11:06:55 AM »

LOL Shep.   :)   It's fun watching the chicks and learning about their individual personalities.  Too funny sometimes.  Thanks for the pics and updates.  The adult Whoopers just came back to get their certification renewal training and sign-offs and to encourage the new class by showing how paying attention pays off.   :D ;) :D

(Pssst... today is Wednesday all day, in the USA  ;) :D )
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2015, 11:10:39 AM »

LOL Shep.   :)   It's fun watching the chicks and learning about their individual personalities.  Too funny sometimes.  Thanks for the pics and updates.  The adult Whoopers just came back to get their certification renewal training and sign-offs and to encourage the new class by showing how paying attention pays off.   :D ;) :D

(Pssst... today is Wednesday all day, in the USA  ;) :D )

LOL!!!  thanks ahahaha
Yes its fun to see each chick has its personalitiy
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2015, 11:32:11 AM »

LOL Shep.   :)   It's fun watching the chicks and learning about their individual personalities.  Too funny sometimes.  Thanks for the pics and updates.  The adult Whoopers just came back to get their certification renewal training and sign-offs and to encourage the new class by showing how paying attention pays off.   :D ;) :D

(Pssst... today is Wednesday all day, in the USA  ;) :D )

LOL!!!  thanks ahahaha
Yes its fun to see each chick has its personalitiy

Ha ha.  I see you updated your post above.   ;) :D  Glad we're on the same calendar page again.   ;)  (I sometimes think it's a different day of the week if I look at last year's calendar by mistake in my checkbook.   :D  )
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2015, 08:04:22 AM »

July 16, 2015     Thurzday   Shepnotes 
6.30 am  RVH pilot  (Richard) arrived - soon after, training began, wb in attendance
White birds - adults - calling before trike arrived - we are calling the wb the royal couple
#1  green preens the trike OM calls YM - yellow mama
#6 yellow is aggressive - she gets over the fence into the weeds

After training ended and trike flew off, the wb grazed on the runway and the young deer joined them.

I kinda wonder if that spread wings - male in front of female - was male's way of tellimg OM - LQQKEE what I got - meaning a mate

lingreenhalgh screen pic, used with her permission

The Royal Couple Joins Training by Jo-Anne Bellemer
The Royal Couple are the wb - white adult birds - #4 MALE from 2012 and #3 FEMALE from 2014

http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2015/07/16/the-royal-couple-joins-training

Yes baz thanks to you I corrected my date.
I sometimes am unsure what day it is!

Today I have lots of pictures!

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2015, 08:07:10 AM »

more pics after training
Royal Couple strut the runway
deer joins in
During training #6 with the YELLOW band got across the fence
evidently she can fly a bit

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2015, 11:11:29 AM »

Shep, thanks for all the pics and update from the training today.  LOL on the Royal Couple.  I think #6 yellow is precocious.  LOL.  Hope she doesn't have  a mishap with her adventurous and independent ways.
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2015, 10:14:53 AM »

July 18, 2015     Sataday   Shepnotes 
no training - Tstorm
Storm put cam out, here is video of storm

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/67936814/pop-out

Cam was back when I checked at 10 am
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2015, 12:04:32 PM »

July 19 and 20,  2015      Shepnotes 
no training - wind
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2015, 07:46:04 AM »

July 21, 2015     Tuesday   Shepnotes 
6.30 am  Trike arrives - birds out - and took off down the runway without Brooke!
 - and a couple FLEW -
 - one chick flew up up and away! - the WRONG way!  BEAUTIFUL!
It flew in a BIG circle and back to runway!  AMAZING!
6.45 am  FINALLY Brooke was able to get the chix to FOLLOW him instead of LEAD him!
He had to go faster - they ALL FLEW!
7.10 am  END training

You gotta see the video - LOL

https://youtu.be/BFzf97TY720


CHIX FLY - you see all 6 chicks

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2015, 12:42:15 AM »

Shep, Awwww.  And, LOLOLOL.  Every class is different, but there's always one who charts his/her own course.  LOL.  Loved that they ALL FLEW!  Did you ever get to find out which chick did the big "wrong way flight/circle?"  Just curious if maybe it was #6 Yellow.  Thanks for the play-by-play, pics, and vid.  :)
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2015, 03:52:09 AM »

July 22, 2015     Wednesday   Shepnotes 
6.07 am  Trike arrives - birds out - eager to fly but not follow
chicks MUST learn - FOLLOW - they are NOT getting the msg!
#6 flew into the weeds
#6 and 10 flew to the unfenced pond, one got a frog
WB came and 2 chicks chased them - I think #1 was one of them
Not only do 6 and 10 fly off course, they coax #8 away too
#6, 10 and 8 all went to unfenced pond - bad chicks!

cam goes OFF from time to time

baz - My guess was #6 also, but
Heather said probably #2


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