Posts tagged: snow geese
Snow geese are the only waterfowl I know of that are hunted during spring migrations as part of an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce the overpopulated birds and reduce the damage they've been doing for years to their arctic nesting areas.
But because the geese travel in such large groups with so many wary eyes, the are difficult to hunt, and their populations have not been brought under control.
Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson caught a relatively small group of the migrants in the air at Freezout that filled his frame. Here's his observation:
They are back in force! Worth the trip if you like seeing large amounts of Snow Geese.The hardest part for us is all of the other “Watchers”. We probably saw 25 or 30 other cars on a weekday.The neat part about this image is that when I took it, I could have taken 6 or 7 shots across and had the same amount of geese in the frame. Wow !
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Should a hunter ever be excused for killing a trumpeter swan he misidentified as a snow goose?
Here are three notable reasons from Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald:
For additional information about identifying swans, go to www.trumpeterswansociety.org.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Skagit Valley Herald photographer Scott Terrell saw something stand out among thousands of white snow geese grazing in a field of winter wheat as he drove along Fir Island Road in northwestern Washington Tuesday.
It was his first sighting of a black snow goose, called a “dark morph,” formerly known as a blue goose.
And his first chance to make an image of one.
The Audubon Society website notes that the dark morph goose is extremely rare in Washington.
Veteran birder Tim Manns, president of the Skagit Audubon Society, was intriqued when told of the sighting.
“I’ve never seen one,” Manns told the Herald. “We do get a few blue geese through this area every once in a while, but they are much more common on the east coast. So it is somewhat of a rarity around here, although not completely unusual.”