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A Gaggle on the Wings of the Morning

A Gaggle on the Wings of the Morning
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Copyright: Jim Pinkham (jpinkham) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-23
Categories: Birds, Sky
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sunrise & Sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 20:50
Viewed: 5126
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To trevorbayliss: Comments on a Gagglejpinkham 1 10-26 19:14
To Evelynn: Honks and Morejpinkham 1 10-24 14:11
To AnimalExplorer: 113 and Countingjpinkham 1 10-24 04:40
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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.
Paul :)

Hi Jim,
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!!

Hello Jim
I saw your forum post and then took a look at the pic which is so much easier to crit with the benefit of a larger size...Im not to sure what the pixel dimensions are on the larger pic though.
So to the pic...It is a good scene familiar with many...I watched a flock last weekend from my local supermarket car park in the UK.
I personally think that your focus is off on this capture..If you look a bit harder your focus is on the clouds which are sharp and true whilst all else is a little hazy...Dont get me wrong...Im not an oversharpening fan but I do think good focus is everything...The kit lense that you use may well be letting your skills down as it is a very good paper weight and not a very good optical tool.
A good capture none the less and Tfs...
Given points tend to breed recieved points here on TN regardless of technical difficulty or aesthetics.
All the Best

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