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Two endangered whooping cranes wade in shallow water at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, feeding on dead carp as the sun prepares to set Tuesday evening.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
Adult whooping cranes stop and feed in Kansas on their way from Canadian nesting areas to winter grounds in Texas.
Two endangered whooping cranes wade in shallow water at Quivira, feeding on dead carp as the sun prepares to set Tuesday evening.
A whooping crane feeds across a shallow stretch of water.
Months of dry weather have lowered water levels enough at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge for whooping cranes to feed on dead carp.
Two whooping cranes spent much of Tuesday feeding on dead carp at Quivira. The endangered birds have been at the national wildlife refuge for about two weeks.
Whooping cranes wade amid dead carp. They usually feed on grain and grasses when migrating through Kansas, on their way to wintering grounds in Texas.
An adult whooping crane in the shallows.
Two whooping cranes feed on dead fish within about 50 yards of a major road for much of Tuesday afternoon.
Whooping cranes feed on dead fish as geese head to grain fields to feed.
Wichitan Paul Griffin shot several hours of video of whooping cranes at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday afternoon.
A whooping crane pulls flesh from a dead carp at Quivira. The birds usually feed on grains and grasses.
Two of about 230 wild whooping cranes. Their numbers were once down to about 14 birds.
Whooping cranes walk in step as they look for more dead carp Tuesday afternoon.
Whooping cranes weren't the only animals feasting on dead carp killed by low water levels at Quivira. This small turtle doesn't have to look far for food.
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