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Winter Festival for Snow Geese....

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 7 January 2017 in Animal & Insect.

This image (captured in February, 2014) is Still one of my personal favorites. I captured this at Merrill Creek Reservoir in Western New Jersey where we lived at that time. Each winter thousands upon thousands of Snow Geese would travel down from Northern Canada and Labrador to spend the relatively milder winter climate in Neww Jersey and Pennsylvania.

I owe a Great debt of gratitude to my good friend, Julie Weller Finley - a Native New Jersey girl ;-) - I owe her great thanks for turning me on to this fantastic refuge known as Merrill Creek Reservoir.

These geese were having a raucous and delightful time that day - the noise was awesome. I hope your imagination can help you hear the noise :-)

NIKON D800 1/1000 second F/5.6 ISO 400 230 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Absolutely incredible. Et vertigineux !***** I try to ear the noise ... :-)

7 Jan 2017 4:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I'm sure it was deafening! That is a wonderful shot of all these gees in the air at once.

7 Jan 2017 6:23pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Wonderful shot!

7 Jan 2017 6:34pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

They looks like a giant swarm - amazing sight!

7 Jan 2017 10:45pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh beau

8 Jan 2017 7:51am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Yes, I can just imagine the sounds. Cool shot.

8 Jan 2017 5:02pm

k@ from Paris, France

Love to have the whole image invaded by wings of freedom, it's beautiful, the tones too !

9 Jan 2017 6:40am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Indeed . . must be an unforgettable experience of sight and sound . . a timelessness about it.

9 Jan 2017 8:37am

franz from Baden, Austria

Sorry I missed this one a couple of days ago, but I remember you love of the place and the pictures of it you shared in the past. I'd like to experience this cacophony for myself one day ... ;-)

9 Jan 2017 12:35pm

Linda Candilas from Cameron Park, United States

Wow, I would had like to seen that for real.:))

17 Jan 2017 8:12am

1/1000 second
ISO 400
230 mm (35mm equiv.)