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Fly Away Home (and Safe) … on crippling rates in duck hunting

This is my annual re-post -- on the first weekend of waterfowl hunting season in both Washington (where I'm living now) and California (my home). I've been lightly tweaking the post each year, adding new information or links.My reason for re-posting this piece is to bring attention to some of the lesser discussed aspects of duck hunting. The most significant issue for me is the enormous injury rate in all wing shooting -- a facet [...]

2019-02-01T02:27:45+00:00October 20th, 2013|@Popular Posts, Blog|36 Comments

The Extended Art of Goose Stipple

After the Snow Geese stippled our little Honda with their version of a Pollack drip painting, I waited a while before heading to the car wash, thinking it would be a waste of resources when the rain would just wipe the body clean within a day or two. But, faithful to Northwestern climate patterns, the rain came in fine mists rather than cleansing sheets. A few days of drizzle left us not with a clean [...]

2013-03-03T11:19:42+00:00March 3rd, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Countdown to Liftoff

This photo series shows the calm before the Snow Goose storm ... and the ripple effect that sends thousands of geese into the air within seconds, at just the slightest provocation. They may call out, sending audio waves through the flock before erupting into goose mayhem. Or, they may fall unexpectedly silent for a split second before bursting into winged turbulence. The inciting incident can be a small plane overhead, a stalking eagle, shotgun fire, [...]

2013-02-16T22:54:17+00:00February 16th, 2013|Birds, Uncategorized|7 Comments

Studies in Ghost Geese

The first time I witnessed a blast of Snow Geese I described it this way: The sound of flocking snow geese is sometimes described as a “cacophony,” a “symphony,” a “storm” — a “baying of hounds,” a “noise blizzard.” The sound, in fact, varies. There’s a comfortable warbling of goose grumbles and calls as the birds graze, punctuated by escalations that bubble up in sections of the flock. Then, there is the silence — a [...]

2013-02-11T01:32:56+00:00February 11th, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|5 Comments


This was a much better day for the Snow Geese -- better than my last visit to Snow Goose Central. Hunting season is done, and all of the goose shooting on Fir Island is now camera-only. I started off at this field with one other photographer, and by the time I left, there were six of us, plus a load of SUVs [illegally] lined up on the road shoulder for photo ops. We were waiting [...]

2012-02-04T23:21:07+00:00February 4th, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|8 Comments

The “Cripples” … or Why I Hate Wing Shooting

Yesterday evening, we were photographing Snow Geese and didn’t realize that we (along with at least 10 other photographers) had chosen a field where hunters were lying in camo. I promised myself I would wait until hunting season was over before I ventured into the wilds beyond Seattle — just as I did last year. But, we were in the area, and we heard the clamor of a Snow Goose flock. I listened for shotguns [...]

2012-01-28T14:59:13+00:00January 28th, 2012|Birds, Hunting, Uncategorized|35 Comments

Flight of the Snow Geese

Snow Goose - Chen caerulescens Hugh and I waited until the end of duck hunting season to drive into Skagit Valley's Fir Island. We were hoping to find one of the massive flocks of Snow Geese who winter around the island after a long migration south. When hunting season ends in late January, there's a precious small window before the geese fly home to breed and nest -- and where geese and bird [...]

2011-02-03T13:27:05+00:00February 3rd, 2011|Birds, Uncategorized|4 Comments