Migration

It was a magical moment.

I was out walking the dogs around the yard, and carrying the Canon with the 55-250mm lens in case I saw a bird in a tree or similar.

Suddenly I heard the sounds. I started shooting. In a few minutes they were gone. If I’d had the Nikon I could have got closer views, but that’s fate.

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There’s no selecting here; these are the shots as I fired them off while tracking the birds across the dull gray sky. The artistry is in the chaotic patterns they make in their purposeful journey. The one shot through the trees is surreal, as it looks like the birds were superimposed on the branches. The whole experience was a little surreal, to tell the truth. I’ve never seen such a mass migration pattern before, and probably never will again.

Oh yes; they’re snow geese, over 300 of them, making their way to the Great White North for the Summer.

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1:1 segment from the first picture

 

3 thoughts on “Migration

  1. Fantastic captures Marc. We have starling murmurations here, and I’ve been lucky enough to see a few, like a great amorophous ghost in the sky constantly expanding and contracting, swooping and rising… One of nature’s many majestic sights.

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