Sharing moments in time…


No – not a snow storm.  This is a photo of the 30-40,000 snow geese taking off together at the Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico.  While the sight is amazing in itself (the entire sky is blotted out just after dawn), the sound is just as impressive.  The beating of the wings and the honking sound immediately like a jet engine roar!  A great way to spend a morning.  The other things that strike you are that there is no warning to the launch, you can’t see any collisions, and when you look back at the pond after the launch there is not a single snow goose still on the ground – Just a bunch (again in the thousands) of sandhill cranes standing around with a dazed look wondering what just happened.

Formation flying at its best!

Formation flying at its best!

6 responses

  1. This is fabulous!

    December 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

    • Thanks Sue – definitely worth a stop if you are ever in that area this time of the year!

      December 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

  2. What an amazing site that must have been. I can’t imagine seeing that many birds take off in flight at one time!!!

    December 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    • Nora – its incredible! It is extremely hard to capture the experience in either words or photos!

      December 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

  3. Indeed the noise is incredible and only 1 bird managed to “bomb” me as it overflew!

    December 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

    • Ross – thanks for “blocking” the bird download…..

      December 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

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