Birders and photographers stood on a platform at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge in the chill morning air yesterday.
Most were regulars. They visit the refuge almost daily with their spotting scopes, binoculars and long lenses.
“An eagle must have spooked them,” one of the photographers said, as swirling white and grey specks rose above a line of orange-black oaks in the distance.
Lenses turned as one as one of several mass ascensions seen that morning approached. At first, I shot with my Nikkor 200 to 500 mm lens on a D850, then shifted from the big gun to a separate body with a Nikkor 24 to 70 mm on a D700.
By the time the snow and Ross geese arrived, I’d dialed down the lens to 24 mm. Phil Reedy stood nearby, doing the same.
Geese circled above us in great, flapping, squawking wonder. I got off a couple of dozen frames on motor, then thought, “Enjoy the moment” and put down the camera to just be enthralled by the beauty of being immersed in the experience.
Colusa NWR – Peak Migration – Snow geese, Ross geese, various ducks and other migratory fowl.