Seasonal geese

West Linton appears to be a natural waypoint for migrating geese in autum and spring.

Twice a year, over several weeks in September/October and March/April, huge skeines of these noisy but beautiful birds overfly the village at intervals throughout the day, and depending on weather, often at night.

The larger skeines can be heard long before they are seen, often in groups of up to thousand or more. Occasional stragglers often follow in small groups, each jostling for the lead. This flock had been overnighting in a field and lifted when I disturbed them one morning.

I liked the contrast in the first picture with the contrails of a passing aircraft behind.

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