Challenged Flying
Snow Geese
at Middle Creek, PA
March 24, 2011

With some 60,000 snow geese at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Pennsylvania, this year, you can expect to see some atypical behavior.

For example, the first flap of a thousand-mile journey is not necessary the most difficult. And what went through the snow goose's mind during the following maneuvers?

Flying's pretty good today.

Snow geese in flight

Oops. How did that happen?
Snow geese, challenged flight

How embarrassing! It's becoming worse and worse.
Snow geese, challenged flight

I think I'm getting the hang of it now.
Snow geese, challenged flight

Oh no! I should've stayed in bed.
Snow geese, challenged flight

(To be fair to the challenged snow goose, the winds were very strong in the morning.)

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens, for these photos, taken on 4 March 2011.

Following is a list of my photos and videos from Middle Creek 2009, 2010, and 2011.


Snow geese video: Swarm Motion (3.8 megs)   |   Every Which Way Swarm (5.5 megs)

Snow geese photos: Swarms


Snow geese video: Brief swarm (1.6 megs)   |   Complex swarm (8 megs)

Snow geese photos: Near and far and highlights


Snow geese video: Flyby (3.8 megs)   |   Swarm (15 megs)

Snow geese photos: Incoming!   |   Swarm sequence   |   Bands

My Pennsylvania bird list   |   Snow geese and Blue snow geese closeups

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