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February 14th, 2012

Winter Pilgrimage

Posted By Michael Frye
1. Ross's geese taking flight in the fog
I’ve had a love affair and obsession with snow geese, along with their close cousins Ross’s geese, for 25 years. Watching a large flock of these birds take flight, filling the sky from horizon to horizon while deafening your ears with their calls, is an unforgettable, transcendent experience. I’ve photographed these birds in every way …
February 13th, 2011

Natural Beauty in Motion

Posted By Michael Frye
Evening Fly-In, Merced National Wildlife Refuge Morning Fly-Out, Merced National Wildlife Refuge On Wednesday Claudia and I returned to Merced National Wildlife Refuge with our friend Kirk. We had another great day, capped by watching more than 10,000 Ross’ geese land in a pond right in front of us, silhouetted against the dusk sky. Claudia …
February 1st, 2011

Guess How Many Geese—Win a Book!

Posted By Michael Frye
Ross' geese landing, Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Claudia and I had such a great time visiting Merced National Wildlife Refuge last Monday we went back two more times last week. On Wednesday we found a large flock of geese—mostly Ross’ geese—feeding in a field near the tour road. Small groups flew in, joining the group, then a huge flock arrived from the …
January 25th, 2011

A Blizzard of Birds

Posted By Michael Frye
Ross' geese taking flight yesterday at Merced National Wildlife Refuge
I’ve seen many beautiful natural phenomena in my life: lightning storms, lunar rainbows, Horsetail Fall turning into a ribbon of orange water at sunset. But the most impressive and magical thing I’ve witnessed might be the sound and movement of large flocks of snow geese. The roar and synchronized motion of 10,000 glittering white birds …