Mar 07 2009
Look closely. These aren’t just random black and white patterns. These are snow geese taking flight.
This weekend I’ve rolled the dice and driven five hours to Kleinfeltersville, PA hoping to see the same thing. On Friday the snow goose count was only 25,000 but the numbers change every day in early March. There’s been a south wind, and I’m hoping there’ll be a lot of birds when I get there.
A flock of 100,000 birds of any kind is exciting and with snow geese it’s truly exhilarating. I always arrive before dawn, walk to Willow Point and wait. The geese murmur in the dark. Slowly the sun rises and the birds prepare to leave. If I’m lucky, a bald eagle will fly by and the geese will rise up all at once.
That must have been the situation when Kim took this picture. The geese on the ground are craning their necks, looking worried. The rest are jumping into the sky. It’s a wonder that amidst all the flapping and honking they don’t knock each other out – but they don’t.
I love to watch the chaos and patterns of snow geese. I just have to be lucky with my timing and be there when they are.
(photo by Kim Steininger)