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Greater Snow Goose at Chincoteague

Greater Snow Goose
Greater Snow Goose in flight

Chincoteague Refuge was originally established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds (with an emphasis on conserving Greater Snow Goose), today it provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds, as well as other species of wildlife and plants. (Taken from the Chincoteague brochure)

Greater Snow Goose
Greater Snow Goose coming in for a landing!

I was lucky enough too had seen many of these refuge Snow Goose! While walking around the wildlife loop, I could hear them from a distance and when they came in for a landing . . . . I thought they would never stop coming! Greater Snow Goose (CHECK) following each other for miles and miles!

Greater Snow Goose
Anyone wanna count these guys?

Greater Snow Goose
Greater Snow Goose up close!

After a while I found myself taking other photos of some birdies like the Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler and Greater Yellowlegs . . . . then I realized these Geese started flying right over my head! I was watching as they flew closer and closer right over my head!  I think this is any photographers dream!

Greater Snow Goose
Then some decided to take flight!

Greater Snow Goose
They started to come closer to me!

Greater Snow Goose
And then flew over my head!


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13 responses

  1. You have seen so much – nice shots of the snow geese! Maybe I should plan another trip here!

    6 April 2009 at 10:44 pm

  2. Nancy

    What beautiful images… and what a beautiful subject. What a gift to have them fly directly overhead… thank you for sharing that gift with us!

    6 April 2009 at 11:24 pm

  3. You seem to be lucky like that. Just wonderful shots of a type of goose I have never seen before. Your photos sure make a person want to go see that island refuge.

    6 April 2009 at 11:32 pm

  4. Breath-taking!

    7 April 2009 at 12:46 am

  5. Beautiful, Monarch! Just beautiful. It’s so cool to see these birds in flight. And they always fly in large numbers, which makes watching them even more impressive.

    7 April 2009 at 12:47 am

  6. Love the shots of the snow geese!

    7 April 2009 at 5:50 am

  7. Marg

    Oh! You got fabulous snow geese shots-mine were just white blobs in a field LOL

    kinda like my snowy egrets

    7 April 2009 at 9:47 am

  8. Very cool! A while back, driving home from Arkansas, a friend of mine (& others,) stopped on the side of the road to watch an enormous flock of snow geese in migration. I wish I had been there!

    7 April 2009 at 2:58 pm

  9. Wow…you are a busy blogger this week. Great pictures in all your recent posts, but I really like these geese in flight. I have seen nothing but Canada Geese and the odd domestice goose that gets me hoping it is something more special.

    7 April 2009 at 9:57 pm

  10. Lisa at Greenbow

    Great shots Mon@rch. It used to be anunusual sight to see SNow Geese around here. However the past few years we have come to expect to see them during winter. They are a gorgeous goose. Did you get to see a Ross’s goose too? With that many Snows one would think there would be a little Ross’s Goose in with them. We occasionally get to see one of them.

    8 April 2009 at 4:22 am

  11. It always amazes me to see them in such vast numbers in photos posted by those lucky enough to see such a sight! :c)

    8 April 2009 at 4:47 pm

  12. @ Bird Girl – Thanks and for sure visit this place! Best Western is right on the edge of the refuge
    @ Nancy – thanks and I was so excited having them fly over like that!
    @ Linda – I just photograph them as I see them! 🙂
    @ John, thanks
    @ Mary C – Thanks and they are great birds for sure!
    @ Kallen, thanks
    @ Marg – thanks and you are lucky to have gotten the Snowy’s
    @ Lana – They are so much fun to see in numbers like that, Thanks for sharing!
    @ Ruth – Thanks and seems like I am always a busy blogger! Thanks
    @ Lisa – Thanks and no Ross’s Goose and we do get an individual or two snow goose in the area! Nice to see them in numbers like this!
    @ Jayne – Thanks and I was lucky!

    8 April 2009 at 8:57 pm

  13. Grace

    Beautiful shots of the snow geese overhead

    13 April 2009 at 1:51 pm

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