It was a fog filled morning at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area today. The Snow geese have arrived in full force this past week and today was the first chance I had to get up there to spend some time with this mesmerizing flock. The 2018 year has proven to have the largest numbers present over the past few years with over 130,000 Snow Geese and 5,000 Tundra Swans present.
The weather has been unseasonably wet and warm and it seemed like a late spring day. Usually when capturing wildlife I want to get beautiful light, but this time I decided captures in the fog might be quite a bit of fun.
Arriving to Willows Point I could hear the geese but could see nothing. Every once in a while we’d hear the thundering of wings build and hope that the flock would fly out of the fog for a glimpse.
The fog was magical and even though it was hard to see, hearing them in the distance was mysterious and magical. I could hear that some of the flock had moved to a nearby field, so I returned to the parking lot and enjoyed a spring song-filed Red winged Blackbird.
I drove around the area and wasn’t able to relocate the flock so I returned when the sun began to peep out a little. It seems the warming rays signaled the Canada Geese and Tundra Swans it was time for take off to the North.
Spring is arriving early, and along with it an early migration for our feathered friends. If only they’d stay just a little longer.
very beautiful! like japanese monochrome painting “suiboku-ga”.
The third picture of the lone bird is really cool looking.
Remarkable – I was there with you….
Beautiful shots! How far is it to walk from the parking lot to the water?
It’s about 1/4 mile down a long hill Mike. There is one vantage point that is waterside that is closer to the visitors center.
OK thanks, there should be plenty of nice days left to get there one morning before they leave. Its definitely a warmer geese season than most.