A Gaggle on the Wings of the Morning
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|A gaggle of a few dozen Canada geese (Branta canadensis) traverse the dawn sky above the Fox River. |
The river, though running below the tree line and not visible here, lies along the Mississippi Flyway, and for that reason, the area is an especially busy place for geese this time of year.
Although we see many geese here, this is one of the larger and longer flight formations that I've ever seen.
Logged-in Trekkers can click on the image to see the large post. If I'm counting correctly, there are 112 geese in this formation. Take a look and see for yourself! :)
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I counted 113, but it is hard to tell on some that seem doubled up, oh yeah, this site is about you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, you could be Ansel Adams or Art Wolfe and still not recieve critiques (points) unless you give out points yourself. I haven't put out any critiques lately so you can see a significant drop in return on my images. Your picture is really nice and it is worth commenting on, as you dont see too many images like this.
I'm guilty... just haven't been as active on TN due to health issues etc. It sometimes just gets ahead of me. Your image is a familiar one to me. In just the past few days literally thousands upon thousands of Canada geese have been arriving in waves for their wintering here in our Willamette Valley. Are yours as noisy as ours? As an elementary school teacher I would often remind my students that they could actually write without talking.... Their hands were not attached to their tongues!...Not so with geese. It seems they cannot fly without honking! It is almost deafening! And we are eternally grateful that geese do not poop on the wing like seagulls. My gosh... we'd have to walk with umbrellas around here!!