In the Autumn, when you see geese heading South along in "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Basic Truth *1
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are travelling on the thrust of one another. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
Basic Truth *2
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same direction as we are. - When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
Basic Truth *3
It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, with people or with flying geese. These geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Basic Truth *4
We need to be careful what we say when we honk from behind.
Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another and sometimes make new friends who seem to be going in our direction. "LESSONS FROM THE GEESE" by Dr. Robert McNeish
Sunset and Grey geese, Vejlerne nature reserve, Denmark
All images: (Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 300mm 2,8 VR ED, TC-14E II, iso 200-800, tripod)