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November 10, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Heading South for the Winter

Mallards Flyover

Mallards Flyover

Geese have been flying over the house every morning, and then again every evening, since September. The lake they use as their headquarters is maybe six blocks to the east of us. The cornfields where they feed are a mile to the west.  The birds often fly so close I can see them clearly from the second story window. Occasionally they appear to be nearly skimming the roof. They are truly magnificent birds when seen in flight at such close range.

But a few days ago, the early morning honking became less noticeable. Yesterday, when I went to take photos, there were only a dozen or so geese in the sky, instead of the typical hundreds. Today I only saw a pair.

I suspect most of them have packed up and headed south, like many intelligent creatures choose to do at this time of year. It’s early though. Last year, the geese were still in Wisconsin through the end of November.

Maybe they know something I don’t.


  1. Joanna Young / Nov 10 2008 2:16 am

    That photograph is just stunning. It’s like a poem – says so much with just a few black and white lines.

  2. suehenryphotography / Nov 10 2008 6:59 am

    I think those geese are over our area (KY) now! I really like the way you framed the geese with the tree branches. Nicely captured image.

  3. Marcie / Nov 10 2008 7:02 am

    Love your composition and choice of focus. The geese look almost like a dream….

  4. onewayphoto / Mark / Nov 10 2008 7:16 am

    Love the way the tree is in focus and the birds out of focus…

  5. Laurie / Nov 10 2008 9:41 am

    We have so many geese and more come in the fall. They don’t ever really seem to leave.

    This is really nice. I like how the focus is on the branches.

  6. montucky / Nov 10 2008 10:48 am

    I’ve loved to see the “V’s” of geese for so many years! We are fortunate here to see the migration and yet still have a few who stay around throughout the winter.

  7. Debi / Nov 10 2008 12:58 pm

    Yay! They’re on their way! Yesterday I saw the first codgery of coots floating on our waters so perhaps it’s time for the first migratory waterfowl blog post! Thanks for the nudge…!

  8. Gandalf / Nov 11 2008 9:18 am

    They’re going to miss ski season. Too bad for them.

  9. amuirin / Nov 11 2008 1:09 pm

    Bo, that photograph is art.

    The line, through the trees? That’s some really interesting movement and symmetry.

    Curious- did you play with it at all?

  10. Bo / Nov 11 2008 1:26 pm

    A – What you see is what I shot. Not even a crop. But I shot about 30 photos trying to get one good one. 🙂

  11. ybonesy / Nov 11 2008 9:55 pm

    I have to agree with many of the comments here—this photo is just great. The composition, the in focus and out of focus, the lines. Wow.

  12. Amelia / Nov 11 2008 10:59 pm

    I can’t believe the geese are flying away. It is bad news for sure.

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