Monday, February 16, 2009

Local Honker


As I drove past a local wetland Sunday morning I noticed that it contained some open water. Hoping that some waterfowl was present I parked the car and began checking it out on foot. I located a flock of Canada Geese some distance away. Using the terrain to shield my approach I closed the distance. When I believed I was within range I left cover and made my final approach. The honker pictured here immediately became worried.




After only a couple of frames the geese all took flight giving me the take-off/flight shots that I am always looking for.

Approaching geese in our area is not easy at this time of year as the Pa Canada Goose season has been in periodically since the first of September and does not close until February 28. These birds know very well if they want to survive they must keep out of shotgun range of all intruders.


10 comments:

Shellmo said...

I laughed over the name "local honker"! Both great shots - especially that 2nd one as he looks like he's walking on water! Reminds me of the Common Loon when they take off for flight. (P.S. Your geese take off when they see you? Mine come after me hissing and wanting to bite me!)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The last picture is particularily great.
Blessings,Ruth

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Very well captured again Coy. You were lucky to get as close as you did.

Gecko said...

You must be incredibly patient to get all these amazing shots. The photo in your header/title is stunning, I feel like I'm standing there looking at it myself, amazing!!!

photowannabe said...

I love how you captured the goose "walking on water". Great shots. I heard a flock of geese fly over our house early this morning. I really love that honking sound.

Craig Glenn said...

What an awesome shot. I linked you in my blog today and also in my most recent post...

Craig

Chris said...

Hi,
Very nice shots. I love the second one, looks like a divine goose walking on water!!!! Wonderful...

Meggie said...

Canada geese are quite plentiful at the park where I walk, but hunting is not permitted and the geese know it. Great shots, Salty!

Bird Girl said...

Two very different pictures in very different light. One subtle and peaceful - the other walking on water in golden light - wow!

Leedra said...

Running on water! Hah!

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