National Geographic : 1959 Nov
Hungry whooper ex tends its wings as it snatches a tasty blue crab at Aransas. The bird shakes the crab, some times sending legs and claws flying, then eats its prey, shell and all. When the whooper ma tures, russet feathers will drop off the head, expos ing a patch of carmine skin (lower). Beaks stab the bottom as three whoopers help themselves to Aransas shore delicacies. Bird at left has not attained full growth, even though it displays the adult's vivid crown. 654 KODACHROMESBY FREDERICKKENTTRUSLOW(UPPER) AND U. S. FISH ANDWILDLIFE SERVICE© N.G.S.