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Snow Goose Morning Flyout.jpg
10-JAN-2006

Snow Goose Morning Flyout.jpg

Bosque Del Apache NWR, New Mexico

This is the fabled morning flyout at Bosque Del Apache. This is just one flock among thousands of Snow Geese that upon an unheard signal suddenly takes off en masse from the nightly roosting ponds along the Rio Grande River. The first indication that that flyout is about to begin is the gradual crescendo of cackling and honking that reaches a fortissimo note just before hundreds of wings begin to flap all at once and the swarm rises from the pond.

The sun has yet to rise over the San Pascual Mountains, but has created an intense glow in anticipation of dawn.

I prefocused the manual focusing lens, and triggered a camera-mounted SB 800 flash unit to gain a brighter view of this pre-dawn ritual. The vanguard of this flock was headed right over my camera location and barely above my head.

Nikon D2x ,Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P
1/200s f/2.8 at 45.0mm iso400 w/flash full exif

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Mario Solka03-Dec-2009 17:40
Absolutely beautiful capture!
Congrats**V**
YIANNIS BARBERIS02-Jan-2009 11:28
Amazing image!V!
Eric Herbelin14-Nov-2007 16:27
superb!
edwina beaumont06-Mar-2007 19:34
so exciting, I can almost hear the noise they are making
Aravind 26-Jan-2006 07:01
What a wonderful picture to start this gallery Bill.. Quite marvelous.. and i really like the explanation you have given..

Thanks
Aravind
Karen Moen12-Jan-2006 06:42
Beautiful. I was glad you explained about using the flash because I noticed the light was near and not coming from the horizon.