I unexpectedly came upon this huge flock of snow geese serenely feeding in a rice field near Grimes, west of the Sacramento River. I estimate that about 6,000 birds are visible in this photo.
|Snow geese feeding in a rice field (click to enlarge)|
I stayed in my car and was able to get very close to the birds until something scared them and they suddenly took off with an enormous roar - thousands of birds at once. I had a few seconds to capture them before they had lifted into a great cloud.
They circled the rice field for 10 or 15 minutes before settling down once again to feed.
I hope to make a number of more trips into the valley this winter to capture the beauty of wildlife that make the valley their winter home.