After Friday morning’s jaunt out to Cayuga Lake State Park to photograph the wildlife gathering there, I decided to take another crack at it today ~ only this time I went out at dinner time, and Al went with me.
The lake was, yet again, inundated with white snow geese, as well as Canadian geese and a variety of ducks. However, like before, they were all engaged in the middle of the lake ~ quite a distance away for me to test my optical zoom. This time, I remembered to bring my winter gloves (fingertip optional), and I set up my tripod on the boat launch and watched. It was still bitter cold as the wind whipped. The mass of white geese looked like a strip of white snow on the center of the lake, and they all moved as one. I looked away for a second, and when I looked back they had all begun to lift ~ all at the same time! What an incredible sight!
The above photo is a bit blurry, as I think the wind caught it a little bit and/or it shook from my trembling cold hands! But you can clearly see the black tipped wings of the snow geese. There was another photographer out there when I got there, and when he saw what I saw, I thought he was going to have a coronary right there!
Here’s a look at them as they pass overhead. They were honking up a storm ~ a very different sound than the Canadian goose.
These two uncharacteristically lagged behind (maybe they were secretly “Graylag geese”). Anyway, the flight of the flock didn’t last for long. It seems they just lifted themselves for a bit to get more comfortable, then they settled back down for the evening. Those few seconds that they filled the sky over Cayuga Lake were sure exciting!
Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt