May 2nd, 2014 – Avian Friday: Snow Geese

Duck, Geese, and Swans has been the theme over the past several posts so might as well keep it going this week. The Skagit Valley area is where thousands of Snow Geese congregate during their winter migration. One of my favorite places to photograph birds and just hang out in nature is at a place called Fir Island. It is in the delta adjacent the Skagit River empties out into saltwater estuary of Skagit Bay. During one of my first encounters photographing the Snow Geese there, I was out along the shoreline of the bay towards the end of the day. A huge flock of hundreds of the Geese flew directly overhead on their way across the Bay to retire for the evening. I managed to capture this shot of the tail end of their flight providing a more contextual view of the scene. It’s always been one of my favorite images so I thought I would share it with those of you who have followed the blog. Also included is a closer view of a solitary bird in flight for a better idea of their appearance. If ever in Western Washington during the winter months between November and February, I highly recommend making trip up to check these guys out.

Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens )

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Fir Island, Washington ;
20mm | 1/1000th Sec. @f/8| ISO 400 | Tripod

Canon 1D MkIII+ Olympus Zuiko/21mm f3.5/em>

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Fir Island, Washington ;
500mm | 1/1000th Sec. @f/7.1 | ISO 160 | Hand-held

Canon 1D MkIII+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM vI

Processed using Lightroom 4/CS6/ Nik Suite .

To see a larger version please click on the images.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,



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