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Snows & Blues Migration  North ! by Jan Siemucha

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This photo was taken on 03-31-2011.
While driving back home, I looked out into a field and spotted this huge flock of Snows & Blues circling around out in the field landing & taking off all at the same time. They are a very distrusting goose. You can not get very close before they take off. There were thousands upon thousands of them out there. I am probably around a good 1/2 mile away. I zoomed my poor little camera out as far as it would go. I could hear them honking from where I was stopped, the sound becomes deafening if you get closer. I have included some info on these geese.
Rural Brown County – Hecla, South Dakota
Samsung ES15

Snow geese are known for their white plumage, but many of them are actually darker, gray-brown birds known as blue geese. These birds were once though to be two separate species, but they have recently been found to be merely two different color morphs of the same bird. A single gene controls the color difference.

Snow geese are harbingers of the changing seasons. They fly south for the winter in huge, honking flocks that may appear as a “U” formation or simply as a large “snowstorm” of white birds. They spend the colder seasons in southern coastal marshes, bays, wet grasslands, and fields. Their diet is entirely vegetarian, consisting of grasses and grains, grazed from damp soils or even shallow water.

At winter’s end, snow geese fly north to their breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra. Pairs mate for life, and produce two to six eggs each year in a shallow ground nest. Chicks can swim and eat on their own within 24 hours, but families remain together through the young’s first winter. Families can be identified as groups during both the southern and northern migrations.

In 1916, snow geese had become so rare in the eastern United States that hunting of the species was banned. Since that time, the birds have made a remarkable comeback. Today, though hunting has been reinstated, populations are thriving. In fact, the birds have become so numerous in places that they threaten to destroy their own habitat.

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Comments

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 3 years ago

    Brilliant work,anna

  • Thank you so much the fabulous compliment and for the favor, Anna !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • julie08
    julie08over 3 years ago

    Great shot :)

  • Thank you so much the fabulous compliment, Julie !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    Nice level capture of them flying,,,,Rick

  • Thank you so much the fabulous compliment, Rick !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thank you so much the fabulous compliment, Sylvia !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 3 years ago

    Jan
    what a perfect time to capture this flight. The emensity of it against the barren winter land is wonderful
    phil

  • Thank you so much the fabulous compliment, Phil !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Awesome sight,..Fantastic capture,..

  • Thank you so much the fabulous compliments and for the favor, John !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • rjheller1150
    rjheller1150over 3 years ago

    Love it…

  • Thank you so much the fabulous compliment, RJ !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • sweeny
    sweenyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Jan :-)))R

  • Thank you so much for the super compliment, Ray !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • Thanks for the favor too.

    – Jan Siemucha

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    1 image per day / April 5, 2011 / Limit 20

  • You are welcome !

    – Jan Siemucha

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    ..

  • You are welcome, Larry !

    – Jan Siemucha

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