03 Feb 16. It's that time of the year to get some great shots of the Snow Geese flock that winters over on Fir Island. Depending on the day, you may see none of them, all of them, or smaller groups of the 10,000+ birds here and there eating in different fields. There is one field totally dedicated to them and they are often found there, especially in the evening. But it is a crap shoot and you can never be certain where they will be at any specific time. We've made many trips there over the past decade and have been skunked just once, but even when that happens there is much more to photograph in the general area. The best times are when the eagles or other flying predators fly overhead and the entire flock lifts off at once. The cacophony of sound is simply amazing and that, combined with birds virtually everywhere flying back and forth crisscrossing each other but never colliding is not only absolutely fascinating, but fun and a challenge to photograph. If I lived close to the area I would likely go shoot them several times a week. This is a shot of the birds returning to feed after having launched out following a predator fly-over. Can you imagine trying to pick out a single individual and following it to capture in this mass of critters moving left, right ,up, down, and reversing. All at the same time. For grins, pick a bird, any bird, move your eyes off the bird a little distance, and now look back again to find the exact bird. Add a little weather to the setting and the task of capturing a meal just gets a little more challenging.
The base image was given some mid tone enhancement, a little micro contrast adjustment, and a texture added to give the shot some distinction. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/1600 sec @ f / 9.