slides: James Clayton Sattel’s RI Views: The Geese of Winter
Saturday, January 19, 2013
This week, Jim shares views of one of his very favorite subjects--Canadian geese. "I’ve seen many beautiful natural phenomena in my life: lightning storms, lunar rainbows, Horsetail Fall turning into a ribbon of orange water at sunset. But the most impressive and magical thing I’ve witnessed might be the sound and movement of large flocks of snow geese," he says. Enjoy 10 of Jim's favorite shots of this stunning winter subject.
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It's a mystery to me as to how and why groups of the flock take off. Is it by age, who leads, or whatever. One thing I do know is that subgroups of the big flock will go furthest back of the estuary, and take off while the line of geese yet to take off stare up at them. They have a system, and I love to imagine what the system is caused by.
My love of geese also ties to the beauty of the birds while in flight, and the barking they use to announce their arrival. There is fantastic coordination of positioning, and I would say that the only time that seems somewhat chaotic is on take-off...but quickly, as they ascend, they form the familiar chevron.
Watching the geese land is also fun. As they descend, the formation stays intact, and they seem to gear down just like a jet-liner. Here again, the landings are done in smaller groups; the geese that have landed maintain a "welcoming or reception line," again making me wonder who lands first to last.
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