Thursday, December 20, 2012

Migrations

This single flock of migrating geese extended far past the view of the camera lens in both directions.  There were thousands of birds!

When the geese were disturbed by other photographers, their wings and their alarm calling made an enormous sound.  The photos cannot convey the numbers nor the experience of witnessing thousands of large birds take flight as one.

3 comments:

Li'l Ned said...

Wow. This is amazing. Here on the edges of the Pacific Flyway, we get skeins of geese flying southward or northward, in groups of 7-10 birds each. Their honking can be heard coming from high in the sky. Just east of here, flocks of swans and snow geese gather in desert waterways and the sight and sound of these huge groups is staggering and awe-inspiring and humbling. It's such a big planet, and these small (by comparison) creatures -- right down to butterflies -- make the air their own and travel vast distances without anything except their inner compasses and the migration urge. So wonderful! Love these pictures.

Jackie said...

There were three more flocks settling in for the night in cornfields in the same general area. The other groups were somewhat smaller but not by much. The historical accounts of the herds and flocks of animals in North America when first reported by the Euopeans were staggeringly large. It is nice to see some animals making a come back.

Jackie said...

Did you notice the dust cloud stirred up by their wings?