Natural light photographer, I thrive on these fleeting moments where the love, joy, or soul shows. My artistic background is always showing through my photography work. You will get the more formal portraits, they are after all, what we are looking for at first . But beyond that, candid moments, soulful mood, unexpected places is also what I want to bring out... I hope you'll like my photographic vision...
Isabelle ♥

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Greater Snow Geese

At the beginning of this century there were only about 3 000 of them and the population was on the verge of extinction. Effective protection measures have increased their numbers to more than 1 000 000 today.

The geese arrive in Québec in April and May after a 900km, non-stop flight from the U.S. East Coast. They spend much of their time feeding in the fields and marshes to build up the reserves of fat they will need to supply the energy for their long onward journey north. The increasing numbers of geese concern the farmers whose fields they occupy. They still have some 3 000 km to cover before reaching the breeding grounds. The geese set off again in the third week of May and fly along a fairly well defined migration corridor, possibly stopping on the Ungava Peninsula.

The Greater Snow Geese mate for life... Just like swans... It's beautiful...

The geese flock here most spectacularly in autumn. From late September to the end of October is when you can witness the greatest concentrations of Greater Snow Geese. 1/10th of Québec’s Geese population can be observed where I took this photo, so 100 000 birds! In spring, the geese spread out more extensively along the St. Lawrence River and Estuary especially over the past few years. Consequently, the growing population of Greater Snow Geese and the absence of pressure from hunters at this time of year now enable the birds to take more effective advantage of the area's food potential.

One thing for sure, witnessing so many of these birds take flight, is an incredible sight. The noise, the movements so perfectly choregraphed, it's something everyone should see once in a lifetime...


Creative Vignettes April 17, 2009 at 10:47 p.m.  

These geese flew into your life for a reason. The photos are stunning. I looked up "goose symbolism" the other day, because I saw geese when I was in NC. I thought you might enjoy this info. It's cool! Love your work as always!

Natalie Franke April 20, 2009 at 9:38 a.m.  

WOW! You have the ability to capture life so beautifully.. I agree with Abby. Everything in life happens for a reason. Just as your pictures give me inspiration... I know its true!


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