Snow Geese At Reelfoot Lake, Tn

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After seeing the flock of snow geese pass over head a few days ago it stuck in my head. It had been years since I saw snow geese arriving at a spot and coming in to land. It is an incredible sight. The sound volume of all the geese calling memorable. My “Little Woman” had been after me for a while now to make a day trip down to Reelfooot Lake in North West Tennessee. I had put her off feeling the timing was not right.

So yesterday morning we took off at about 5:15 am. We arrived about fifteen minutes before sunrise. Spotting some geese in a field that turned out to be a hunting settup of decoys, when I saw in the dim light that none of the geese were moving. At sunrise several large flocks of geese were high in the sky headed southwest. We spent the next two and a half hours driving all the way around the lake finding no geese. Discouraged we decided to make one more pass down the western side of the lake. Luckily catching a huge flock arriving in a field. A few times the geese would all get up and circle and then land again when an eagle would pass nearby. We saw one juvenile eagle trying to pick up a dead goose from the water. To far away to photograph. The young eagle would grab the goose by the head in one talon and could drag it a pretty good ways but did not get it to dry ground. Finally it gave up. I had a lot of trouble trying to pick one bird out of the mass off birds to focus on as the flock of geese took off and landed again. After an hour or so we headed home. I was happy that my wife got to see the incredible sight. So much in wildlife photography is luck and being in the right place at the right time.

Don’t ya know it after getting home that evening my “Little Woman” hands me the phone and shows me some great shots my buddy Ron who I photograph with and observe eagles with most days had captured. Two eagles with locked talons closed up that I wrote about the other day. I am happy he was there and got the capture. Some shots I still look forward to be able catch one day. Another reason to get up and get out in the cold each morning…

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6 Responses to Snow Geese At Reelfoot Lake, Tn

  1. Ellen Bunnell says:

    These look so exciting. I can’t imagine the noise. I couldn’t help but think that the pix guess covering the entire span of the photo are so jaw dropping. I almost want to say, “Where’s Elmo”. Or what ever the amazing ‘puzzle’ pictures with ‘can you find’ something odd in them. Beautiful, simply beautiful.

  2. That’s a lot of geese! I’m glad we still have some animals and birds in the staggering numbers of long ago.

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