Canada Goose Flight

Geese takeoff - © Christopher Martin-3200

At Inglewood in November, I spent a few hours along the river watching and photographing the mass of birds that congregate on the rocky islets in the middle of the water each night.  I was down there in the morning to watch them takeoff, heading out for another day foraging on the prairie.  The vast majority of the birds were Canada goose flocks, followed by Mallard ducks and then small numbers of a wide variety of other species.  I really enjoy watching both the Canadas and the Mallards taking flight.  The geese run along the water once they get up above the water, before they are fully airborne.  Here, I used a lower ISO and smaller aperture (200 and f/11, respectively) to get a shutter speed on 1/30th of a second.

4 responses

  1. Colin's Blog

    I love this photo. The wings look quite skeletal. I can see how these birds could’ve evolved from dinosaurs.

    December 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  2. elmediat

    When you see them like this , you can forgive the mess they make on the ground. 🙂 Wonderful composition.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

  3. Love this shot! It’s such a beautiful image of color and motion. Thanks for providing the technical information. I’ll try it! I love birds. (as you will see from my most recent blog post: Unlikely Inheritance — The Bird Gene)

    December 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

  4. Lovely image, Christopher.

    December 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

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