In Great Meadow’s wetland sanctuary, no character is more prevalent than the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). As each day ends, the setting sun turns your eyes to the west and the sound of distant geese turn your attention to the treeline. I don’t know where they spend their days, but at dusk, they return to the Refuge’s open water. Most of the year, their honking increases to crescendo levels as they woosh overhead to make a splash landing in ponds to either side of the main trail. But even in winter, when ponds have turned to ice, they proclaim their return as you scan the treeline, just catching their flight path before their water landing in the bordering Concord River.
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, Massachusetts USA
Shot handheld Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Focal length 73mm (407mm SLR equivalent), 1/800 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100
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