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Middle Creek 2014   Leave a comment

I missed the peak of the snow geese migration this year, but did have a chance to visit Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area this past weekend.  No snow geese photos, but here are few shots that I was able to capture.

Can anyone identify this bird?  I thought it was a blue heron, but a friend thinks it is not.

Can anyone identify this bird? I thought it was a blue heron, but a friend thinks it is not.  (Low light / high ISO, so a bit of noise with this photo)

 

 

 

 

Canada goose

Canada goose

 

Same Canada goose, but processed with a bit more painterly effect.

Same Canada goose, but processed with a bit more painterly effect.

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Posted March 24, 2014 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Snow Geese 2013   1 comment

The migration is underway as thousands of snow geese are on the lake at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area on the Lancaster -Lebanon border here in Pennsylvania.  I stopped by yesterday for a few hours.  The numbers of snow geese should continue to climb for at least a couple more weeks.  The Tundra Swans are still on the lake too.

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(Above) Location: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.  Two snow geese do a fly-by over the lake.  Beautiful, powerful-looking birds.

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(Above) Location: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.  The start of thousands of snow geese going aloft.  They fly around above the lake and then settle back down after a minute or so.  Sometimes it appears to happen for no reason.  Other times it happens when a bald eagle or some other predator flies nearby.  It’s an awesome and noisy sight to behold.

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(Above) Location: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.  Tundra Swans fly over the lake.

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(Above) Location: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.  Two Tundra Swans fly overhead.

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(Above) Location: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.  Snow Geese flying above the lake.

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(Above) Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.  Back on the lake — some in the water, some standing on the ice.

Posted February 16, 2013 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Snow Geese Fire Drill   1 comment

Another photo from my Sunday morning visit to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.  For whatever reason (the occasional bald eagle fly by, for example) the entire flock of snow geese will go airborne, fly around in chaotic fire-drill fashion, and then settle back onto the lake.  It is an awesome (and noisy) spectacle to behold!  (Post inspired by my neighbors Tom and Bobbie, who have also observed this in person).

Posted February 20, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Tundra Swans   4 comments

Nice photography conditions at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area this morning.  Not too many Snow Geese yet (less than 5,000 by my guess), but these graceful Tundra Swans were preening and posing nicely.  I hope to get up to Middle Creek a couple more times in the next three weeks as more Snow Geese arrive.

Posted February 19, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Canal Swan, Surrey, England   Leave a comment

A photo with a digital art effect (via Topaz Simplify) to give it a more painterly look.

The place where we lived in England — Weybridge, Surrey — had nearby canals where people traveled in and stored their canal boats.  There were also many swans gliding around the smooth waters.  The shaded banks and dark waters made a perfect backdrop for the white swans.  I was able to catch a little late-afternoon light on this one, making it a “keeper” photo.

Posted June 4, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Digital Art, Nature and Wildlife

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Territorial   Leave a comment

Two males and one female in the same vicinity.  That didn’t last for long.

Posted April 28, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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Cape May – Terns (photo #5)   2 comments

And he sticks the landing . . .

Posted April 26, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Nature and Wildlife

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