Monday, March 1, 2010

Shooting Geese

I loathe Geese, or at least the species commonly found in this area, Canadian Goose, Branta canadensis. With no local natural predators, they multiply like, ummm, geese I guess. The local parks are thick with them, and therefore even thicker with their droppings.

That said (and it needed to be said), geese can under the right circumstances provide some great shooting opportunities. You can do better than a shot of geese walking around on the grass.

The first, and my favorite, is just after the young hatch and the geese travel around as families. Not sure when that is, but I took the first picture last April. The yellow in those little poopers really looks great against the brown and white of the adults.

The other shooting situation, which you can get year round is a shot of geese in flight. The best times of day are of course during the "golden hours" after sunrise and before sunset, but far enough away from either to get sufficient light for sharp in-flight shots.

In conclusion, even vermin like canadian geese can provide some nice shooting opportunities. Make the best of what you've got.

You can find product designs based on yucky geese and other birds in my zazzle store. If you have a product in mind but don't see it, just hit the Contact Me! link on the front page and maybe I'll design it for you!

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