Flocks of geese

The geese take off from the lake, fly around in a great flock, as far as three miles perhaps, then alight on the water again.

geese-flocking

It is very beautiful. I saw them on Friday, but was with a friend so did not want to be messing about with a camera. Now, the next sunny day, I wonder if they will repeat. I see no flocks of geese as I approach. Just my luck if they had all emigrated!

the-self-aware-swan

The self-aware swan, nervously looking at its reflection, is some consolation.

geese-hierarchy

Then- there they are! It would be beautiful, just to contemplate them; but I want a good shot. They are towards the sun: perhaps from over there I would get a better view.

how-close-geese-fly

They fly so close together! Many shots are less well focused than this.

geese-above-the-houses

I love this shot:

geese-flocking-glorious

I stood around for about half an hour, waiting for them, then snapping away, seventy shots, most unfocused, some just of sky or trees. I got chatting to an old bloke who comes here every day, can tell different kinds of geese apart, and has been watching them from the causeway.

a-v-of-geese

This family has four young, a good survival rate. They were ten yards away, aware but unfazed by me.

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