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Snow Geese Cloud at Middle Creek

 Snow Geese Cloud at Middle Creek 

The Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens, nests on the Arctic tundra in Northern part of Canada. It spends winters in fields and marshes from the mid-Atlantic coast of the US south to Mexico and near the San Francisco Bay, the Gulf of California and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. In late February and early March each year, thousands gather at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Pennsylvania preparing for the long flight to their nesting grounds. Often over 100,000 are present. At times of danger, like an eagle passing overhead, the entire flock will rise up in unison creating the white cloud seen in this photograph.
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM, 500mm, 1/8000, f/6.3, ISO 1600

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