Sharing moments in time…

Snow….Geese


Sorry I haven’t posted much this week but I’ve been “on the road again” to the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Preserve in the little town of San Antonio, New Mexico.  If you’re not familiar with this place, it is the winter home for tens of thousands of snow geese (52,000 by last week’s official count) as well as 7,000 sandhill cranes and many other species of bird as well as the normal New Mexican wildlife.  I’ll have lots more to post from here but here’s just a quick shot to get you attuned.  This was taken during one of the twice daily mass “fly-outs” of the snow geese.  They rest in the ponds at night for protection from predators and then in early morning (and then again in the afternoon) they all flight out at one time –  quite the sight (and sound)! Vacationing in the South....

Vacationing in the South….

20 responses

  1. Howard Schwartz

    Scott: It’s fun to know a ‘National Geographic’ photographer.  Your work is truly outstanding.  Thanks.  Howard

    >________________________________ > From: scottseyephotos >To: hss25@yahoo.com >Sent: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 7:51 PM >Subject: [New post] Snow….Geese > > > WordPress.com >scottrandall posted: “Sorry I haven’t posted much this week but I’ve been “on the road again” to the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Preserve in the little town of San Antonio, New Mexico.  If you’re not familiar with this place, it is the winter home for tens of thousand” >

    December 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    • Thanks Howard! Its really a privilege to be able to get around to try and capture some of these sights.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

  2. Nice shot! I like the light and processing on this. Very good.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    • Hi Rick – keep tuned in – lots more to come! I love the photo at the top of your blog!

      December 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

  3. Just beautiful!

    December 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    • TRS – if you like this one – stay tuned! I think I got some really nice shots (but I haven’t even had time to go through them yet).

      December 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

  4. Those shadows are wonderful.

    December 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    • Thanks Lyle – the New Mexico light is incredible this time of year.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

  5. Fascinating!

    December 6, 2012 at 7:11 am

    • Its amazing how they all operate together and coordinate their activities 🙂

      December 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

      • Reminds me of the synchronized flight patterns of Canada Geese …

        December 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

      • Cheryl,
        It was fascinating to witness the synchronization both on the ground and in the air.

        December 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

  6. Cynthia Privoznik

    We have them here at China Lake – they are arriving now and we saw some last week. So nice to see them again. They hang out for a few months attracted to the ponds on base and grass lawns which they fertilize with all their poop. Heard the coyotes and bobcats catch a few meals also.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

    • Hi Cyn,
      I actually just missed seeing a coyote catch a duck on one of the ponds while I was there. I just saw him after he finished his brunch

      December 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

  7. Lovely shot! Do the snow geese stay in New Mexico all winter, or is this just a pit stop before they head further south?

    December 8, 2012 at 11:32 am

    • Jackie,
      They stay there through the beginning of January – then they start to head back North.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

  8. In the spring we get a huge gathering of snow geese at the small river at the back of our property – they blanket the newly thawing earth like a covering of fresh snow.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • Hi Lynne – it is indeed amazing to look across that white blanket of geese. As I looked across the ponds it was incredible to see the sprays of water coming up from them all preening and enjoying themselves..

      December 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

      • We get the Canada geese as well, spring and fall, and I always find it a moving sight so see them in their V-formation a-honkin’ and a-flappin’ on their way.

        December 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

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