Spring Goose Flights 2014

Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky seen from the helicopter.  Each spring I fly Canada goose surveys over the eastern half of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The sights from above are unique.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky seen from the helicopter. Each spring I fly Canada goose surveys over the eastern half of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The sights from above are unique. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

Each spring I have the opportunity to survey temperate nesting Canada geese across Kentucky.  The surveys allow the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to monitor goose populations within Kentucky.  These surveys are part of a coordinated effort within the Mississippi Flyway.  Temperate nesting geese serve as a valuable buffer to the harvest of migrant goose populations.  We fly across numerous randomly distributed 2 square mile boxes and count all the geese and nests within each.  These are then used to predict a population within the state.

While transitioning between plot, I manage to shoot a few pictures out the window.  I am fascinated by the landscape patterns which can only be seen  from above.

 

A large rooster farm in Kentucky.  These roosters are likely used in fighting rooster matches.   Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
A large rooster farm in Kentucky. These roosters are likely used in fighting rooster matches. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

This spring has been a bad spring for forest fires in eastern Kentucky.  This fire in Letcher County was one of 6 you could see at one point.   Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
This spring has been a bad spring for forest fires in eastern Kentucky. This fire in Letcher County was one of 6 you could see at one point. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

A train moves thru a narrow valley near Lake Cumberland.   Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
A train moves thru a narrow valley near Lake Cumberland. Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

The pattern of headstones in a national cemetery is unmistakable.   Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
The pattern of headstones in a national cemetery is unmistakable. Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

Golfers play in a round in central Kentucky.  It is interesting that the course grasses (likely Bermuda) are much slower to green up than the surrounding grasses.   Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
Golfers play in a round in central Kentucky. It is interesting that the course grasses (likely Bermuda) are much slower to green up than the surrounding grasses. Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

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A drilling rig prepares holes for a blast to expose new coal at a surface mine in southeastern Kentucky. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

A harness racer practices at a small track in eastern Kentucky.   Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
A harness racer practices at a small track in eastern Kentucky. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
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