I photographed this Snow Goose landing in a field at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This was on January 17, 2023 and on this day I saw the most Snow Geese I have seen all winter. The numbers have been very low.
Snow Geese breed from late May to mid-August, although they spend more than half the year migrating to and from warmer wintering areas after leaving their breeding grounds. Snow Geese spend winters in warm regions of North America and breed north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northern tip of Siberia.
The sight of several Snow Geese landing in a field is spectacular because these social birds frequently fly in flocks. The sight of these birds gliding from the sky to rest in a field is truly magnificent.
Snow Geese can be found in fields, even though we typically associate them with coastal areas, especially when they are migrating. They are typically seen in agricultural areas during the winter because they are common feeders on leftover grains, grass, and other field vegetation.
The technical details of the photo of this magnificent bird include being taken in Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma) with a Canon EOS R7 and an RF 800mm F11 IS STM lens on January 17th, 2023 at 11:45 A. M. The exposure mode used was manual with an aperture of f11, a shutter speed of 1/2000, and an ISO of 2000 (Auto).