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MM2 Late Afternoon Merced Marsh_3000593

My friend Dali and I went out to Merced National Wildlife Refuge last week-end and found oh, so many Snow Geese, and some Lesser Sandhill Cranes along with the usual suspects.  We were photographing some of the Snow Geese and other birds in the nearest marsh when all of the sudden the noise level escalated and the birds took to the air!

The squawking, screeching, quacking, and honking was so loud you couldn’t hear yourself speak!  It was pretty neat to see and hear. We’re not sure but, we think a Hawk, or Coyote spooked them.

This is my entry to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2. To check out all the entries this week click here.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 200-500mm VR| Delkin Devices Digital Film| PS CC 2015 & On1 Photo 10

More to come…



  1. I missed this last year, Deborah! It is a gorgeous view of these geese. ❤ 🕊

    • Thank you so much Robin! I’m glad you found it at all! 🙂 xx

      • I am happy that WordPress and blogs have older links to catch us up on the past directions our blog posts featured, Deborah. 🤗

  2. Love this, Deborah. I can just hear them, clamouring to the skies.

    • Thank you so much Melissa! I’m glad you can hear them! The noise was incredible. I’ve read reports they’re starting to leave for the North. It’s sad to see or hear about them leaving, but I do enjoy the anticipation of having them return in the winter.

      • I’m so glad that you get to see them. Just think~the first people here got to see great skeins of birds in the skies like that all the time.

        • I hope to see great skeins of birds too one day. Eagles are returning to the area! There’s hope. Skeins. What a great word!

          • Isn’t it? Of course at the moment I am struggling to reduce a wild skein of yarn into a well-behaved ball, but that is another story 🙂
            I’m excited you are seeing eagles. Yay!

            • You knit? I never learned how beyond a pot holder.

            • I do~ I really like the way my fingers can be busy while my mind can wander 🙂 Right now I am trying to learn how to knit a mobius scarf….hm…..

            • You can let your mind wander and not drop a stitch? You’re amazing! Best of luck with the scarf. Picture when done please! Is a mobius scarf anything like an infinity scarf? I’ll have to look it up. 🙂

            • Yes, it is an infinity scarf. I think they are pretty cool and the book I found has some wonderful patterns in it. I will definitely share pictures when I get one done 🙂

            • Excellent! I can’t wait to see what color you picked for it and how it looks. I love scarves and wraps. Oddly enough I do not own an infinity scarf though.

            • I keep thinking the fad will pass but perhaps it won’t~they really are so versatile.

            • Scarves are classic pieces in the wardrobe. I’ll wear them forever. My oldest scarf is a small square one I wear tied around my neck. I got it as a birthday present when I was 14 from my teacher in church. It’s one of my treasures. 🙂 That scarf started my love affair with them.

            • That is a wonderful story 🙂

            • 🙂

  3. Great shot.
    Has a faded, yet detailed feel.
    Seems quite calm as well.

  4. I absolutely love a field of geese taking flight, their noise is deafening and almost surreal! 🙂 To watch them swirl in the sky and then reland is just as fun! Just watch out if their swirling over your head! heehee

  5. wow!! Good capture of them all! I know what these guys are like and poop everywhere! lol

  6. That’s amazing Deborah. I love it when birds take off or land together. Great choice for B&W.

    • Thank you so much Dan! They’re amazing creatures. Seeing them all take off, or coming in for a fly-in is breathtaking. When they’re swooping around their landing site and the sun hits their wings just right is another favorite sight of mine.

      • I’ve seen this with geese here in the tobacco fields, but I’ve never been able to get a good picture. I have one of some birds taking flight there, but snapped quickly form my car. This is beautiful.

  7. Beautiful!

  8. Wow amazing!!

  9. Wow! What an amazing photo! I imagine they were VERY loud! Several geese fly over my house each day and I can hear them squawking inside my home. lol! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Jill! Your imagination is right! Add the wings en masse lifting out of the water to the noise. I forgot to mention that. It’s pretty neat. Geese have got to be the chattiest, noisiest bird! 🙂

  10. Wow gorgeous photo :-)! I love the space, composition and humongous cloud of birds! And thanks for describing the auditory space too.

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