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nothing spectacular in the photos below, but I thought I'd post them up anyways.

Anytime I can sit and observe birds and their behavior, I take advantage of it.

What started out as a small family group loafing in a day "rest" area, continued to grow as more and more birds filtered in. Not really surprising, more like real life "confirmation" but they almost immediately (within a second) had tucked in and began to preen or caught a nap.

Late season rigs for should have a large number of shell dekes in sleeping/contented poses. Minimal amount of sentries standing up.



When new birds arrive, the ol ganders would face downwind and sound off to the incoming birds. - still limited vocalizations though. and if the landed too close, they were quickly chased out.

but also note how "tight" the rig is, but still keeping some distance (family groups within a larger flock/rig)

someone here mentioned earlier about "white rings" on a Canada- here's another shot to show you how fairly common this trait is in B.C. Maxima's (local giants)


more birds coming in


and of course... the "bling, bling"


For those "band hungry" out there, if you can, start observing geese in the off season and start "training" your eye to quickly pick up little clues (extra knuckle, a glint, or a gum wrapper look-looks white to me in the field) . Next season when you have geese in the fully committed/final approach, give yourself that extra 1-2 seconds before calling the shot by waiting for that gear to come down. it is almost amazing how easy it is to see the band when you've trained yourself to look for the inconsistency and when they're back peddling with the gear out. (I have video of a banded bird coming into our rig at FP - saw it and zoomed right over to that bird - called it out for my dad to shoot .)
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Great observations Branta! Always noticed how the late season birds were always resting/sleeping in the fields. Went by one of my fields yesterday and there were about 300 birds in it (5 orange collars I could see). I would say 3/4 of the birds were sitting and feeding/resting with head tucked in. GHG decoys makes a great looking shell that is in the sleeping position. Will definitely invest in some of those for next year.
Wavie,

Here's a photo from late season...


we had a water hole that we kept open and then put 3-4 dozen GHG shells (1/2 sleeper heads) around the perimeter and tight. one dozen BF's and 1-2 dozen floaters.

Goose Bermuda Triangle- they enter, but don't come back out!!:D
Depressing that it's over. :mad:
They look spectacular to me. What kind of camera do you use? I was out yesterday at lunch photographing a flock in a corn field. They came out very dark but OK. Need the sun.
Ever make a purchase and feel like after the fact, it just wasn't worth the money? we all have, right?

Ever make a purchase and feel like ... "that was the best $250 dollars you ever spent and you would've paid more?

Well, this camera is it for me. I think it's perfect for taking out in the field. - not too much money if something bad happens, compact size (about the size of a pack of cigarettes), telephoto, takes great digital photos, the detail is incredible and the really cool part is that you have video option as well. (one other feature I really like is "burst" - with one click, it will take a fast sequence of 4 shots.

it's like having a video camera and a still camera all in one without the bulk. fits into my inside coat pocket. a perfect field/guide camera.

the only complaint I have... it's now cheaper than when I bought it 6mths ago! You can get it for about $200 at Wally world.


it is the KODAK "Easy Share" CX 6330. I highly recommend it.
Very intrasting Branta, thanks:D
Nice pics! :) A good study for setting late season spreads.
I got some decent photos today. More of the same stuff but Ann Arbor geese. Looking at this shot, why do I need heads on my goose decoys? Notice the pigeons dropping in.



The next one is after lunch (literally, I went home and ate lunch and came back) time to sleep.



This guy looks like a watch gander to me. What do you think? So what does "bling, bling" mean anyway?



And one more "bling, bling" for the road...



The field is about 30 to 40 acres and every day there are more geese. They are spread out across the whole field. I would say maybe 300 or more today. I tried to get a photo of geese and crows but the crows were chicken and took off.
Thanks for the pics guys, little over six months to go!!!


Carpe Diem
Nice shots! Love to see photos.

That is a good photo of a sentry - I sent in some feedback to GHG on their new field dekes and this is one of the things I asked for on my wish list. Their "Active" head assortment is good, but I wish that someone would come out with a "super sentry" - where the head is really stretched, breast out, tail down. Don't need many, I think they should put one of these in/6 pack of active heads. (better yet would be 1 per 6pack of feeder assortment.)

**Rumor has it that GHG's will all come with flocked heads next year. - no extra cost, so $130/6. ( If this is true, this company is going to eat everyone else's lunch! there won't be a better "value" in goose hunting dekes out there.
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