Snow Geese, Chen carerulescens
Grand Departure at Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico
Bosque del Apache is located 18 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico and is the wintering ground for more than 35,000 Snow Geese and 10,000 Sandhill Cranes. The Grand Departure is a must see event if you visit Bosque. Before sunrise huge flocks of Snow Geese fly to nearby grain fields to feed. Low light requires long exposures, thus the blurred motion of the mass of geese as they rise off the impoundments on which they have spent the night. This impressionistic image is among my favorite bird photographs I have taken.
Nikon F5, Nikkor 24-50 zoom