Geese of a morning

Geese of a morning

Heading out to capture the birds at dusk in Bosque is a bit unlike any other photo location.  Normally, when you are a photographer, you are generally alone in the dark and the cold, waiting for the light to come and wash its warmth and color across the landscape.  But in Bosque, with the birds following somewhat of a daily routine, and the sun coming up at a certain time, you are never alone in the dark.  In fact, once you take the Highway 380 exit off of Interstate 25, you find yourself among a stretched out line of cars, all heading to one place for one purpose.  You are one of many photographers, joined by a host of birders.  The families with the annoying rock-throwing children, fortunately, are too lazy to get up that early. 

At first glance at the main pond this morning, shortly after 6:00 a.m., there was no sight of the geese.  Joined by Roy, Mark, Eric, Donna and Cathy, we decided to go around the Farm Loop to see if the geese were at their late-afternoon spot yesterday.  No sign of them.  By the time we got back to the main pond, a moderate-sized group had formed.   Several waves come in, one by one, to join the main group, forming a large flotilla, the size of which I would not know how to estimate.  There were some thin, high altitude clouds in the skies, adding a nice detail that was absent yesterday. 

Consistent with yesterday, a massive group of geese exploded from the water and took the skies the moment that the sun came up over the mountains to the east.  But different from yesterday, a smaller group, but still numbered in at least the thousands, remained behind to bathe in the warm light of the sun.  This presented a nice opportunity to capture the geese in warm side lighting, and added a nice bonus to the morning.  But, eventually they left as well, joining the group in the fields to the north. 

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