For five of the last six years, 3000 (plus or minus) Canada Geese have over-wintered overnight in the Vernon River next to our house. There is open water caused by the narrowing of the channel for a bridge, and by the fact that the river is still tidal at that point.
They leave in groups of anywhere from four (4) to 400 after they’ve warmed up in the morning and feed on whatever they can find left in the fields on our third (?) of the Island.
They return, usually en masse, just after sunset. My en masse I mean over 2000 of them at once. A few others arrive early.
At night they gobble all night long, which is rather soothing. As they take off, land, or when an eagle flies over, they are very noisy.
All but one of the shots here were taken with a Pentax K20D and a Tamron 28-200 mm zoom at 200 (300 on a crop sensor) at 1/350 second and f 9.5. The one of the misguided geese directly overhead was taken at 100 (150) mm.
My goal for the rest of the winter is to get at least one decent shot of them all coming back together.