A Perfect Day At Gooseneck Hill by artwhiz47

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Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Farm, near Delevan, NY, is located about 40 minutes south of where we live, but its summer visiting hours are few, far-between & fleeting. This is a shot of part of the largest of the four ponds, showing the netting which covers the entire six acres… an impressive aviary to be sure. The nets are so unobtrusive that the observer is blissfully unaware of them until the camera comes into play. What a day!

There are swans & ducks (& maybe a goose or two) in this shot, but close-ups of other denizens can be seen here & here.

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gooseneck hill, new york state, water, birds, scenery, waterfowl, swans

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  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

    Boy, that was an expensive outlay Sheila – six acres ! Great shot of this unusual area !

  • Thanks, Roy… it is quite a spot, in a fabulous setting. As I say, you don’t even notice the netting when you’re wandering among the denizens in their four ponds (on two or three different levels ~ this is the biggest & highest one). It’s too bad that they are open to the public so seldom, but it’s completely understandable. A couple of years ago they had some disastrous flooding & had to rebuild in a big way. But funding (& insurance) came through, & all is well now.

    – artwhiz47

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 2 years ago

    very nice Sheila. I have never heard of this place but may have to take a trip down there

  • Let me know if you get a group together, & we’ll join you. We’re thinking of becoming patrons of this wonderful place. Don’t know if you ever see Terry Belke’s ‘2 The Outdoors’ features on Buffalo’s Channel 2 (WGRZ); he does a great job & covers a lot of territory, & he’s on the board of Gooseneck Hill.

    – artwhiz47

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 2 years ago

    16.9.2012 ’ 6.40am

    what a wonderful shot, and to have it all netted really surprises me. Is this to lkeep the birds in or other dangers out? Is it a working farm not a bird sanctuary.

  • Thanks so much, Karen. Gooseneck Hill is definitely a sanctuary, not a farm in any sense other than the fact that considerable waterfowl husbandry goes on! The netting is primarily intended to keep the birds in, but the entire place is surrounded by fencing to keep things like foxes & coyotes, & egg-thieves like raccoons, out. No self-respecting avian predator (& there are hawks & even eagles aplenty down there in the hills) would ‘tangle’ with those nets, so the resident fowl are very well protected. It is a remarkable, unique place!

    – artwhiz47

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairalmost 2 years ago

    Great image! :-)

  • Many thanks, Maisie… easy to get interesting shots here; it’s an extraordinary place!

    – artwhiz47

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 2 years ago

    Thank you for explaing about the netting and it is a sanctuary : )

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 2 years ago

    Wow what a brillianty find and capture Shelia

  • Thanks, Malcolm. This stunning weather continues!!

    – artwhiz47

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 2 years ago


  • It’s such a beauty spot. Thank you, Guendalyn, my friend. And thanks for the fave.

    – artwhiz47

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 2 years ago

    Those parasoles look a tad worn out Sheila!
    Several feathers in your cap for a quality capture! :o) xx

  • I’ll take all the feathers I can get, sir. There were plumes to spare all over that place; could’ve stuffed a pillow. Thanks, Robin. I think the parasols suffered from the predations of hawks & other would-be diners-on-fowl.

    – artwhiz47

    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thank you kindly, JA. It was hard to get a bad shot that day!

    – artwhiz47

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesalmost 2 years ago

    Indeed an impressive place, Sheila, and you captured this scene beautifully. Love how the netting acts as a filter for the lovely clouds.

  • As I’ve said above, it was amazing how unobtrusive the netting was. Until I saw these photos, we were only just barely aware of it. Many thanks, Deb, & again, for the favorite!

    – artwhiz47

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