Search for Snow Geese
Each winter huge numbers of tundra swans and snow geese leave Canada to spend a few winter months in the wetlands of northeastern North Carolina. This year the birds arrived a bit late and left unexpectedly early, but I was fortunate on my one trip east to have two fine mornings with large flocks of snow geese at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, as well as being able to enjoy a little landscape photography along the Albermarle Sound and at Lake Mattamuskeet.
The geese leave nearby Lake Pungo at dawn, so one has to arrive before first light when all is cold and quiet. The lake is hidden from view by a buffer of trees. Soon, though, one can hear the geese stirring quietly on the lake before things get really noisy prior to their blasting off. It's hard to predict where they will choose to fly to feed for the morning, but just watching the massive numbers flying over and moving in unison as they swirl about is the very definition of the word awesome. On two mornings they decided to work their way back close to where I was set up and the show was on. So many geese . . . . .