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I rush to the capture location. Richard is restraining the chick and Marianne is fending off the extremely upset parents. I take over for Marianne so she can take the chick from Richard and carry it to our banding area. Holding my puppet head up as high as I can and stretching out my free arm, I try to look as large as possible while staying between the adults and their chick. Both adults have their wings out, waiting for a chance to attack. Richard and Marianne then head out of the marsh with the chick. I don't take my eyes off the angry, dangerous adults!

Angry mother crane #309 is read to attack .

Photo Eva Szyszkoski