Sunrise at Middle Creek – 2018.2.14.

Landscape, Nature, Photography, Wildlife

We went back to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area near Lancaster, PA two days ago for the purpose of capturing snow geese at the sunrise. We arrived there 30 minutes prior to the sunrise (7:00 am) and could hear 70,000 snow geese in the water making loud noise ready for the day. And sure enough as the sun cracking the light through light cloud cover, they started to take off for the nearby corn fields. What a sight to witness the massive lift off under the morning sunlight. By 8:00 am all but a few left in the lake – the show was over!! Middle Creek is the stop for these geese before they head north to NY state and Province of Ontario and eventually arrive home to Canadian Arctic Region as their breeding ground. As the ice cover diminishing at Middle Creek lake, more snow geese have arrived and the estimated number went up to 100,000 yesterday, wow!


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A retired professional engineer, nature lover and avid photographer

7 thoughts on “Sunrise at Middle Creek – 2018.2.14.”

    • shungphotography says:

      Thank you so much, it was fun and exciting to capture these images.

    • shungphotography says:

      Please check out my short video as posted earlier: Snow Geese at Middle Creek, PA – 2018.2.9. and you’ll appreciate the noise or the music to the ears for anyone wishes to see the “lift off”.

    • shungphotography says:

      The official estimate was 70,000 snow geese, that’s a lot of birds. Three days after we visited there the number was double due to warm weather. These birds are getting anxious to continue heading North to Canadian Arctic, their breeding grounds.

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