My last post contained a number of shots of Snow Geese from the Skagit Wildlife Area on Fir Island in the Skagit Valley. I returned to Fir Island several times since I took those photos, and this post includes some new shots of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans from those visits.
The shot above is one of my favorites. A flock of several thousand Snow Geese had gathered in a field right at the edge of the road. A Bald Eagle flew over the field and spooked the geese, and the entire flock took to the air. Some of the geese were only 50 feet or so away from me and I took this photo as they flew by. Quite a cacophony of honking and flapping wings!
The shot above show a Snow Goose returning to the field after the Bald Eagle flew away and the geese decided it was safe to come back again.
Although by no means as numerous as the Snow Geese, there are also quite a few Trumpeter Swans that spend the winter in the Skagit Valley. These birds can be found dining in the area’s fields or swimming in ponds and streams.