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Snow Geese

Snow Geese
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Copyright: Jane Ogilvie (star05) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 66] (299)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-14
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 6:41
Viewed: 3817
Points: 6
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Snow Geese.

Seasonal migration of wildlife from one part of the world to another is a mysterious marvel of nature.

Geese fly at great speed. They canfly 50miles an hour (top speed) and as high as 3,000 to 10,000 feet..

Geese start their journey after sunset and fly all night and the next day. Their brain guides them by instinct towards their destination. People don't have inner guidance.

Migratory birds use several ways to help them navigate. While traveling on a clear night they use the stars as guides. On cloudy nights, they may be using the Earths magnetic field or the wind to help them navigate accurately. while flying during the day, the provides help for their precise flight. Their flight, their secrecy.

The ideal weather for geese to travel would be for the wind to be at their back, called 'Tail winds'.Warm temperatures and a clear night with a starry sky make perfect flying conditions. The birds are like people; they cannot always choose the right weather conditions.

Geese fly day and night regarless of the weather until they get to their next stopover point. They carfully scan the ground for any possible danger before they set down. When they land, they'll eat grass, seeds, and small fish on the marsh or at the lake wherever they stop. If they land in a goose-friendly habitat, they'll feed, rest, and wait for good flying weather.They always rest and feed for a few days before taking to the airways..

While the geese are feeding on the ground the post sentinels..

Countless geese are killed during their migration. Hunters shoot some,others starve to death because their natural feeding grounds have been destroyed, and many are killed at night by flying into unlighted tall buildings. Some die for lack of fresh water..

Millions of acres of marsh and prairie land have been set aside for bird sancutaries..

The Canada geese migrate in long V lines with a wise old leader at the head of the V. A scout goose flies at the rear..
The Canada geese are the last to migrate South in the Autumn and the first to head North to their nesting grounds in the spring..

This shot is of snow geese have not seen many Canada geese as of yet..

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Hello Jane! Triple flight. Amazing scene. Good POV, capture and composition. Nice picture. Well done!


Wonderful colours, almost calming.


hello Jane

this is excatly the kind of photos i love to do,
you have done it here superbly, in photography they say
that you have to leave good spaces in front of the subjects,
on your image i love it more with the good spaces in back of the subjcts,
it is giving as the image (with the very fine POV), from wher are coming
these Snow Geese and where they are going, and leaving less space
in front of them, for me, it is in my imaginations to where they are going,
and all that with a background that i love, superb image that i love,

TFS alot


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