The Wisdom of Flying Geese - Part 2

On my last day trip to Vejlerne nature reserve in the north-western part of Jutland, I had one of the greatest experiences I've had for a while. In the dusk, large formations of geese came wave after wave and landed on the meadow not far from the observation tower.

Migrating geese make loud, honking noises, called contact calls to help them stay together; the spectacle of migration is a great experience, seeing the large formations of geese as silhouettes against the evening sky was quite an impressive sight.

"Lessons from the Geese" was written in 1972 by Dr. Robert McNeish of Baltimore. This clever piece of prose takes certain migration characteristics of geese and applies the concepts to human behaviour and teamwork.

Some of the concepts presented are used by athletes like bikers, it has been said that those participating in the "Tour De France" could not ride the course at that speed without not only the help of their team-mates but also the help of their competitors. The front rider in the line "peloton" takes the brunt of the wind and air, cutting wind drag for rear riders by up to 40 percent.

Geese in the dusk, Vejlerne nature reserve, Denmark
All images: (Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 300mm 2,8 VR ED, iso 800, tripod)

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