Friday, November 13, 2009

Snow Geese..Bird photography weekly 64

I am combining my entries for memes this post will include Scenic Sunday and  Bird photography weekly # 64. I think seeing close to 80,000 Snow geese is a wonderful scene.



If you click on all the pictures you can really see the birds.



I have been lucky to be at several places when the Snow Geese arrive. There are various places to see them and some are not too far away. To the north of  where I live is the Middle Creek WMA and the other places are Bombay Hook NWR and Chincoteague NWR.









I can say I have never seen so many of one type of bird (except for the RedKnots) at one time. The sound of so many Snow Geese is amazing. To see them flying in large groups at a time is an awesome sight to see. It is a like a snowstorm or what they call a white-out. You really have to be there to experience this sighting. Last year a count of the Snow Geese at the Middle Creek WMA was near 80,000. My photos are great for my memories but they are not as good as the real thing.





These Snow Geese photos  were taken last March and at different times and at two of these places.. Middle Creek and Bombay Hook.

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50 comments:

Kerri said...

WOW! That must have been quite an experience! I've never seen snow geese before.

Stine in Ontario said...

When you say arrive...you mean ARRIVE!! There are so many! Interesting photos.

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

Wow, would have loved to see that. Beautiful.
DF

Al said...

I have never seen so many geese in my life. Awesome!

sweet bay said...

Lake Mattamuskeet in eastern NC has a great many waterfowl during the winter, but I haven't been there in years. Your pictures are wonderful!

SquirrelQueen said...

It must have been an amazing experience, I can't even imagine the sound. I have seen very large gatherings of Canada geese but nothing on this scale. Great photos.

diane said...

That must have been a breath taking experience....there are so many. Great shots of them too. I love your collage .

Lori Skoog said...

The right place at the right time! Thanks for your comment about my pups.
Is there a particular blog that most people respond to?

Riet said...

Seeing all those birds must have been breathtaking. Never seen so many birds together. Wonderful pictures.
Have a nice weekend

Bacolod and Beyond said...

wow, so beautiful. I haven't seen that kind before.
Thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

Great photograph and I should think a great experience. My hubby and I were in Dorset in the Summer at the Abbotsbury Swannery and that was an amazing sight to see all the swans together there!!

http://www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/swannery.htm

I will look out the photographs and post them another week.

Thank you for sharing a remarkable sight!! Jackie.

Quilt Works said...

I like photos of the birds taking off! Looks like big snowflakes - very creative!


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christina said...

Fantastic shots!! So many birds!!

Nicole said...

Gosh, that must have been beyond amazing. Gorgeous pictures.
I've not seen anything like this.

foto CHIP *Birgitta* said...

Just awesome - such an extraordinary moment :)
Thanks for visiting :)

Thom said...

Wonderful photos my friend. There are thousands of geese. Well done. Thanks for stopping by my playground. I appreciate it and have a great weekend :)

The Early Birder said...

A truly magical experience. I just love watching large flocks of anything and hopefully next week it will be 60,000+ Pink-footed Geese. FAB

Small City Scenes said...

Oh I am glad to see the Snow Geese. Skagit Valley here is a winter over place for them too. I sighted them October 11th here this year. they are in Stanwood and Fir Island. Last year the count was 100,000. How can you count these flighty guys. I love to see them fly and when they are high in the sky they look like ribbons. MB

Mona Sweden said...

That really must have been quite an experience! How lucky you are to be on the spot. Great capture.

Manang Kim said...

Wow haven't seen snow geese. I love watching birds I love hearing them chirp. ^_^

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allhorsestuff said...

Wooowee...that must have been fantastic. Really awesome photo's...what did it sound like?!!
KK

Angel.Pearls said...

A grat momemt to show! I think just the name 'snow gees' is so pretty..Have a nice week//Eva

Carolyn Ford said...

Not only scenic but amazing!

dowhatyoulove said...

Isn't this an amazing thing to experience? I Love the feeling when they spook and all take off at once, what energy!

jabblog said...

What an incredible sight and sound that must have been. The honking of geese is one of my favourite wildlife sounds.

Teresa said...

THey are so beautiful! What a sight to behold. Zoo picture is great too.

Kirigalpoththa said...

If I were there, that would have been the biggest flock of geese I have ever seen

storyteller said...

WOW! I've never SEEN so many birds in one spot before ... and to know they're geese makes the views all the more fantastic. Love your mosaic and all the beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing and for visiting my Scenic Sunday at Sacred Ruminations this week.
Hugs and blessings,

Larry Jordan said...

You have really captured the feeling here Eileen. When you get into an area that has that many birds, especially large birds, and they take flight like that, calling loudly to one another, it really is exciting. The sounds those huge flocks make are incredible to hear as you watch them fly.

mick said...

Amazing photos and it must have been even better to experience seeing all those birds together.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

Amazing, I cant even imagine how much cooler it was to be there, and see and hear them.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Eileen - beautiful pictures, just beautiful. If you ever go to New Mexico in the Fall,Bosque del Apache is a wonderful place to see the snow geese flights. And sandhill cranes. I have a link to our dig. photo album on the top of our blog.
It is amazing to see so many. One oldler person there told me that when he was young, the sky used to get as dark as night because there would be so many birds flying overhead. It was almost like that -- almost -- when we were there.

Thank you for sharing.

Amisha said...

Ooooh, gorgeous pictures!

Rambling Woods said...

Wow..what an amazing site..I would love to see snow geese

Neil said...

Don't think I would like to be one of the counters with that many, just imagine the amount of food and water they would need.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

The 2nd to the last photos shows the great numbers, how exciting it must have been to see!

manker said...

your photogs reflect your patience and intensity with these critters... gorgeous.. well done

great week back at ya
gp

Debra said...

Whoa! That's a lot of geese! How cool!

Jeanne said...

Holy Cow! That's amazing! What an experience to see that!

Kelly said...

Wow!!! What an incredible spectacle!! It must be amazing to witness this in person. Love it!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Truly amazing! It's so interesting to migrating birds in such great numbers.

Dishesdone said...

That is awesome! So many in one place!
Enjoy your posts and mosaics!

ellen b said...

Wow that is just amazing Eileen. What a thrill that would be to see in person!
Beautiful shots...

Carla said...

Amazing!

NatureFootstep said...

snow geeze does not come my way. Don´t think they are up north either. Nice to see taht many.

Don´t you have the wagtail where you live? I thought it was common over there as well.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

WOW! What an amazing sight! Hope no one gets in their way! LOL
Great shots! I bet the noise was deafening. Very cool mosaic
*hugs*deb

dAwN said...

What an amazing showing of Geese..We saw a huge flock like that last spring in Delaware..fantastic.

Guy D said...

I always enjoy my visits to your blog Eileen, exceptional to say the least.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Janie said...

That is awesome to see so many in one place! Beautiful photos of beautiful birds.

Evelyn Howard said...

Amazing photos! Great shots!!!