My Brother Coy of Country Captures and I traveled to Middle Creek on Friday March 2nd and the day began with great promise. I always like to start at the viewing areas along Hopeland Road near the visitor center and when we arrived there in the predawn, the air was filled with the sound of thousands of snow geese, tundra swans, and other waterfowl. We positioned the cameras and took some scenic shots waiting for the birds to leave the water.
|Middle Creek Lake Before Sunrise|
I concentrated on video as usual and so do not have a lot of photographs to post from this trip. Later in the morning a large flock of snow geese began to form off of willow point and we hiked there, but the light was very harsh and glaring resulting in less than optimal photos and video. We drove around the tour road again and then filmed and photographed the flock at Willow Point from an extreme distance and observed an immature Bald Eagle flying over the lake, and a mature Bald Eagle, which caught a fish and sat on a log near Willow Point while eating it. At this juncture the large flock took off en masse, which made a spectacular sight. Coy captured some excellent shots of with his 600mm F4. To see this along with the lift-off at dawn read his post, "A Blizzard of Snows"
Before leaving we made one more pass on the tour road and this time we met with success. Large numbers of snow geese were coming from the lake and landing in a corn field to the left of the one-way tour road. Soon the road was lined with birding enthusiasts and the field and skies was filled with the geese. Although the photo below was taken in 2008, it serves to illustrate this situation quite well.
|Snow Geese Landing In Corn Field|
|PGC Officer On Watch|
|Massive Flock Taking Off From Corn Field|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.