It that time of year again in the Sacramento Wildflife Refuge when the snow geese congregate in the thousands on the wetlands during their southern migration. I have been wanting to take a trip up this year to see this amazing phenomenon, but may not have time, so I decided to share a photo I made during last year's visit. It is very challenging to make a good picture - the sheer magnitude of the scene, with so many, many birds, makes it hard to find a good point of focus. I took hundreds of pictures (thank you, digital!) in an effort to get at least one which gives the flavor of this wondrous place. I like this one. I think that the trees at the left help to anchor the scene, and I like the three layers of birds, those resting on the water, those which have just lifted off, and those higher in the sky.
The best time of day to be there is just at daybreak. All night long, the birds rest on the water, but as soon as the sun's first rays peek over the horizon, they all lift off in a mad cacophony of honking. It one of the most wonderful sights (and sounds!) I have ever witnessed in my entire lifetime.
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