Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Snow Geese on the wing

These migrating Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) need little explanation. Their sheer numbers and their white and black plumage make for an amazing sight. I was lucky enough to catch them on their way up from the Atlantic Ocean coast at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge/Wetlands Complex near Seneca Falls, New York on March 12, 2013.

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  1. Great photos. We don't get many snows near us but they are cool to see. It is interesting in reading about the fight to control their populations and the destruction they cause to the tundra. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow! Those are amazing pics. It's somewhat rare to see snow geese here where I'm at. Every now and then I see one that has settled in with flocks of Canadian geese. I've never seen more than 1 at a time. Beautiful birds.


  3. Thanks Jim and Bill. I am fortunate to live very close to a MAJOR fly-way for waterfowl, and raptors for that matter. But the MNWR is a great stop over and staging area for waterfowl migrating through. I've never taken advantage of this natural phenomenon until this year, and a friend brought me out there to see. The estimate is ranging in 100,000 plus birds earlier this week!

  4. That's amazing to see all those beautiful birds together. Another spectacular migration.


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