Tight Formation

Equipment Info
NIKON D300
State/Province/Region
New Mexico
Nearest Area
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Town
Socorro, NM
Brief Directions

From the north (Socorro, NM), drive south on I-25 to exit 139 (San Antonio), go east 0.25 miles on US 380 to the flashing signal at the village of San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive south nine miles to the Visitor Center (on right).

Notes

F 8, 1/640 sec, ISO 500, 550 mm

Description

After many years of going to Bosque del Apache to photograph the winter migrating birds, I decided to concentrate on the unusually large number of snow geese, which were around 40,000 this particular year. I wanted an image that conveyed the huge concentration of birds. The hard part is filling the frame, but also being able to distinguish the individual birds. The other trick is determining the direction they will take off based on the wind direction, and pre-positioning yourself to capture the optimal flight angle, where the birds are flying slightly towards the camera instead of away.

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Date Added
October 19, 2020