I like to be in position along Middle Creek Lake before sunrise. Soon after daybreak, waterfowl begins leaving to feed in the surrounding fields. I am featuring two extremely short video clips today, the first of which captures the moment as the sun appears over the horizon and swarms of waterfowl fill the air above the lake.
Sunrise At Middle Creek Wildlife Managment Area from Willard C. Hill on Vimeo.
Later in the morning we drove the road that passes around the north end of the lake and paused to photograph tundra swans and snow geese flying overhead.
|Snow Geese Flying North|
|Coy Hill Photographs Flock Of Snow Geese|
|Snow Geese Prepare To Land|
Snow Geese Lift Off at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area from Willard C. Hill on Vimeo.
Each year thousands visit Middle Creek to view the spring migration, while others hunt snow geese in the areas that are open to hunting. There is a special "conservation hunt" that runs from February 21--April 16th, in an attempt to reduce snow goose numbers to a level that does not damage the arctic tundra. Some claim there are at least twice as many geese as the arctic habitat will support without damaging the environment, while other deny that this is the case, and that nature will regulate geese numbers if man does not interfere.
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.