Snow Geese in Flight

We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!       — From Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

I realized I did not show you any closeups of the beautiful Snow Geese the last time.  While they did not come very close to me, I cropped these out to share with you. For such large birds, they are elegant flyers.

Three Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) flying in tight formation over Cayuga Lake near Seneca Falls, New York.

A trio of Snow Geese flying over Cayuga Lake near Seneca Falls, New York.

A trio of Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) flying over Cayuga Lake near Seneca Falls, New York.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 400mm focal length, cropped.

While Snow Geese do not fly in as tight of formation as Canadian geese do, these sets of four looked good flying overhead.

A quartet of Snow Geese flying over Cayuga Lake near Seneca Falls, New York.

A quartet of Snow Geese flying over Cayuga Lake.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 400mm focal length, cropped.

This group of four came the closest to me during my stay at the Cayuga Lake State Park boat launch dock. I did not have to crop nearly as much as the two photos above. You can clearly see the black wingtips of the large goose in these flying photos.

Snow Geese flying overhead at the Cayuga Lake State Park boat launch near Seneca Falls, New York.

Snow Geese flying overhead at the Cayuga Lake State Park boat launch near Seneca Falls, New York.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/400s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 400mm focal length, cropped.

If you are going out to photograph the Snow Geese migration or other white birds, you may want to review this guest post by Karen Gallagher on Photographing White Birds.

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12 Responses to Snow Geese in Flight

  1. Giiid says:

    Very beautiful, great work!

  2. Truels says:

    Super shots, Scott. Would also be fine in black&white?!

  3. lylekrahn says:

    They are beautiful creatures.

  4. Robin says:

    Gorgeous shots, Scott. They are such beautiful birds. :)

  5. montucky says:

    Very nice, Scott! They are great birds!

  6. What wonderful shots of these elegant flyers ! This is a sight one never sees over here. Precious.

  7. Karma says:

    I just love the pattern of that last shot! Great capture!

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