Another day in the woods

May 19, 2010

I had never seen a Canada Goose molt, but I was able to on my last outing.

On Tuesday, I checked out Huntley Meadows Park and found an abundance of geese. According to the Humane Society, Canada Geese molt each summer and can’t fly for about a month while they replace their flight feathers. That might explain why some birds on Tuesday seemed to have such trouble taking off. One goose that I observed struggled so much that it aborted its takeoff and swam back to where it started.

Although I initially couldn’t find any mammals, I did see the Merganser gang making its rounds. Fortunately, they haven’t lost any more of the young this week.

After a scan of the boardwalk, I made my way down the informal trail. There I found a pair of geese honking like a broken record.

I watched them for a while, but even with my high patience level I can only take hearing so much of geese vocalizing.

On this trip I also had a secondary goal of making plaster casts of tracks. Not finding any quality prints to experiment with, I set off even farther down the informal trail.

Over the next half hour as I walked through dense woods, I saw very little. The most peculiar find wasn’t an animal at all, but what was left of one.

An egg, possibly from a goose, was broken and sitting on a log. At that point, the trail was some distance from the water, making me wonder what creature brought it down the path.

Eventually I made my way to the water again and noticed a buck in the distance. Not wanting to spook it, I crouched and watched it without being observed.

After an unsuccessful attempt to close the distance, the deer saw me and took off. With the light fading and a lack of usable tracks, I headed back the way I came.

At the end of the day I finally found a tiny track worth casting and spent the rest of my time playing with plaster. On that note, tune in tomorrow for my short intro to making casts.

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One Response to “Another day in the woods”


  1. Hey Evan! I just wanted to mention that I checked out your Blurb book, and it’s really awesome. You have some great wildlife photos. I just made a blurb book too, actually, in my experimenting with “fashion” photography. It’s here:

    http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1288229

    you can preview the whole thing. I’m pretty proud of it! haha. But anyway, just wanted to mention that I checked it out, and it’s beautiful! Congrats!


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