Spring Canada goose Surveys 2013

The D800E has proven to be a valuable asset from the air. These goslings were almost invisible to the naked eye but paired with a 200mm lens....zooming in on the image made these goslings easily recognizable from 15o feet up. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

Each spring I have the opportunity to spend a few days in the helicopter surveying nesting Canada geese in Kentucky.  I fly approximately 75 square mile plots across the eastern 1/2 of the state.  The opject is to count every goose and nest within the randomly selected  blocks.  The helicopter allows us to cover a lot of ground quickly.  These surveys are used to estimate populations of temperate nesting Canada geese in Kentucky.  These population estimates guide harvest management for the state and the Mississippi Flyway.

The bonus is that I get the chence to shoot a picture or two while flying between plots.  I love the different perspective being above can give every day objects and places.

Fisherman brave heavy winds on Barren River Lake in search of fish. Nikon D800E with AFS Nijkkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

One of the many fields of Henbit blooming across the Commonwealth. Nikon D800E with AFS Nijkkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

A track hoe collects sand. Nikon D800E with AFS Nijkkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

Lincoln's Birthplace, a National historic site. Nikon D800E with AFS Nijkkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

The old wives tale is that any time the cows are laying down, it's a bad time to go fishing. These dairy cows are telling everyone to stay home. Nikon D800E with AFS Nijkkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.
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