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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Ready...Set...Go!


I always wonder how birds always know just when to take off.  Do they all hear or see the same thing that makes them take flight?  I assume it must be that and maybe partly reacting to others taking flight.

22 comments:

Dee said...

I have often wondered the same thing. Is one bird in charge? When s/he takes off, they ALL take off.

We had ducks on our lake in Florida. When one went down, they all went down. When one came up, they all came up. What if YOU were the duck that couldn't hold your breath as long as the "boss"??? What then????

Nature's mysteries, I suppose.

Susan Zarzycki said...

Great picture! So clear and sharp! 💖

Ginny Hartzler said...

Wow, the detail and clarity of the in-flight birds is wonderful!!

Kodak said...

Nice action shot. I've wondered the same thing.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
That is a lovely shot, indeed. There is no 'leader' in geese (or most other flocks). Very much a shared community thing and all the 'chatter' you hear going on is much like ours. 'How about this tasty grass?' ... 'Have you seen Fantail recently?'... 'Hey you lot, there are better pickings over here...' and off they go to see if it's true or not!

The Canada Goose, which you have here, is known for 13 distinct vocalisations... YAM xx

At Home In New Zealand said...

I've often wondered about that do-it-all-at-the-same-time thing as well. It is like they have some silent communication going on between them all that we are unaware of.

Bill said...

One of the very best I've seen you post! Fantastic!

Sandra said...

I think they have a special radar that keeps them flying in one direction and not bumping into each other like people do. put a crowd of people and try to get them to all do something at the same time and you get chaos. except of course trained dancers do it.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

The photo is perfect, clear and the lighting is just right. Great shot.

Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week ahead.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um belo momento fotográfico.
Um abraço e bom Domingo.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Ruthie said...

Fabulous action shot

ushasurya said...

Amazing !! I can hear one of thenm crying loud "Look...Rose is coming! Let's all fly in a formation and give her a terrific shot !!"
:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
AND...so they flew :))))))
And everyone in Aminus3 lived happily ever after :))
Devi :)

don said...

A marvelous capture of these birds taking off. The variety of wing positions is excellent.

Ann said...

I've often wished I knew what animals were thinking.
Love the photo.

happyone said...

What a nice clear shot of the takeoff. I like to watch them land on the water too.

Hill Top Post said...

I wonder that too! Even at the bird feeders, it's just a flash and they are all gone. This is a wonderful picture, Rose! The colors are fabulous!

Hootin' Anni said...

I've always wondered how they can take off & not crash into each other!

To answer your question...you need tag number/color...where located (legs, wing, neck). Location of where it was seen. Alive or dead. Sometimes there are letters within the tag. Sometimes a 2nd tag is found (usually metal)

The link I provided will ask all kinds of questions such as above.

Ruth Hiebert said...

It does seem that when one takes off they all do.Makes for good picture opportunities .

CheerfulMonk said...

I had never thought of it until I read Hootin' Anni's question. With such a mob, how do you avoid collisions?

ElaineH said...

A fabulous view of these geese in flight! A great action image. I wonder the same thing!

harry said...

I think the flap of one wing is like a starter's pistol to the rest. nature is cruel; the swift escape the predator, the hesitant become a meat eater's lunch. what amazes me is the close proximity in which they fly without tangling wings.

Red Rose Alley said...

Look at all those wonderful geese taking off! Great picture Rose.

~Sheri

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