Honk, eh?

Yesterday morning, I took a walk in the park. My intention was to get some pictures of The Running Line, a very long strip of photographs of last year’s Great North Run, which winds its way around the park. Well, I did some of that, and I’ll be putting the results on show later, but I did get a bit distracted.

When I arrived, a quite large number of Canada Geese were hanging around the north field part of the park, eating whatever it they found edible[1]. It seems they got bored with that, and as I reached the lake, they started flying over in small groups. Now if I’d been expecting an air show, I’d have set the camera to its TV setting, which would have let me set a short exposure to freeze the motion of the birds in flight, but as they started without warning, I just panned as best I could and kept pressing the button. I got a few usable pictures, of which these two are the best.

Honk, eh?

Honk, eh?

Final Approach

Final Approach

Now anyone who’s familiar with Saltwell Park may have noticed that I’ve cheated a bit with these pictures – I’ve flipped them from left to right so that the geese are flying into the frame from left to right, which generally makes pictures look more pleasing to the eye. No geese were harmed in the process.

The title of this post is a special nod to my Canadian friends. :wave:

[1] I’m not much of an ornithologist :smile: