Sunday, September 12, 2010

Whooping Cranes


This whooping crane lives at the zoo here in Calgary.  They are still an endangered species, although they have returned from the brink of extinction.  In 1941, there were only 16 of them.  Now there are 200 in the wild and that many again in captivity, thanks to carefully managed breeding programs.  Their breeding ground is in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, then they migrate down the coast to North America to the Gulf of Texas.  That's an amazing journey.
Pictures and more info at National Geographic
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/whooping-crane/

Watercolor on Canson 140 lb paper

11 comments:

Peachtreeart said...

Beautiful!

nanke's stuff said...

You did a wonderful job with this one! nancy

Alex said...

Really nicely drawn! Love how the negative space is used ^^

EVA said...

Beautiful job Lynn! He turned out great!

raena said...

Sometimes I am reminded of just how little I know. I've seen these in the gulf before and never knew they were endangered! Fabulous painting!

donna said...

Lovely painting. I didn't know they were endangered either.

Vicki Holdwick said...

This is really lovely!

xoxo

Lesley Purcell said...

I love this painting - great pair of legs!!

xinme said...

Visiting from CED . . .

You did a lovely job on your crane. I always admire people who can paint with watercolours and have their work turn out well! Alas, I cannot.

debra morris said...

Great bird...like your teapot too

Cecelia said...

Very interesting. I used to live near where the Whooping Cranes winter in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. After moving back to central Texas, one day, I saw a group of them, circling over the school where I taught. My sister still lives near their winter habitat. It's amazing that their numbers were down to about 30, and how they have recovered with some help. A few years ago, they started another flock, trying to get them to change their winter habitat to Florida. They built a special helicopter type of thing for the birds to follow. I haven't heard if it worked.