Image of the Month - JANUARY 2012

Drive-by shooting, Vejlerne nature reserve, Denmark

In the last week of January the winter arrived in Denmark, one day my photo buddy Jon Geriche and me, were on a day trip to the protected bird habitat of Vejlerne, in the northern part of Jutland. The weather that day was quite amazing with a chilly cold frosty morning, but grey and overcast in the afternoon, perfect for graphic images. Our goal of the day was to photograph birds and we were rewarded with huge flocks of migrating greylag, barnacle and pink-footed geese. We used a "drive-by shooting" tactic, that was quite successful that day, because huge flocks of geese were seen on fields near the roads. This image shows a big swarm of Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis) flying overhead and landing on a nearby field. They flies in packs and long lines, with a noisy chorus of barking or yapping sounds; 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.

The very photographic Barnacle Goose has a white face and black head, neck, and upper breast. Its belly is white. The wings and its back are silver-gray with black-and-white bars that look like they are shining when the light reflects on it.

(Nikon D700, Nikkor VR 70-200mm 2,8G II, iso 400, handheld)

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