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“When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.”
I’d always heard this … never thought I’d see it. Looking closely, you can see that the middle goose’s wing is tipped up at an odd angle … I’m assuming it’s broken, but hoping it was only hurt and that later on it went back into place. The geese in front and behind the middle fellow stayed with him the entire time I watched them.
Image taken at the Willow Point – Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (Kleinfeltersville, PA) on March 10, 2010 with fellow bubblers Lori Deiter , ElisaB , Dave Stauffer , BigD , Dan Myers , Ann Rodriguez and Mike Rucci
When we watched the snow geese rising from the water in such amazing numbers, we wondered out loud how they could all fly in such close formation without crashing into each other. I guess now we know the answer.
The below image, Lifting Off was also taken at Willow Point on the same day and shows the amazing numbers of these beautiful creatures.
“The Protectors” was taken with the Nikon D300 and the 150-500mm OS Sigma lens at focal distance of 500mm. Shutter 1/800, aperture f/13.0, exp 0.00, iso 800, spot metering.
I wasn’t happy with the quality of the “The Protectors” so tinkered considerably in Photoshop, including hdr in Photomatix from a single, hand held image and duplicated twice in Photoshop to evals of +/-2. Textures added and the geese themselves were digitally painted by hand with the Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and stylus to smooth out noise.