Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the large flocks of birds I have photographed.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Gulls, mostly Black-headed Gulls, in seemingly random flight over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. In this case I suspect that one of the local Peregrine Falcons has spooked them into flight as there’shardly two birds flying in the same direction.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration take off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. I was watching the birds from an observation tower when something, possibly a Coyote on the lake shore, spooked them into flight.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Gulls, mostly Black-headed Gulls, on the move at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. In this case something has spooked some of the birds on one side of the roost and they’re flying to the other side.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Lines of Snow Geese flying to roost at sunset in the autumn. These birds are over Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.


22 replies on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos”

These are so wonderful, David – I almost feel like flying with them! Just the sound of all those wings – it would have been great to hear them – even if I almost can from your images. Love everything about this.

Thanks Ann-Christine. The Snow Geese lift of was the most memorable for the noise. It’s strange how some noises bring back memories.

I find a lot of old T.V. theme tunes trigger memories. Sometimes it’s the absence of sound. When I lived in Saskatchewan, Canada I would be in some remote locations in the winter when there wasn’t another human being for miles. Then the only sounds was the occasional creak or groan from the ice and the occasional whirring of wings as Snow Buntings flew past me to roost at sunset.

Fabulous chaotic images. I love seeing huge flocks of birds like this. A shame our Starlings seem to have moved away now otherwise I might have tried to get an image of them in murmaration.

Thank you. I was thinking of a Starling murmaration and a flock of Oystercatchers moving ahead of the tide but both were in bad light so I ended up not using them.

Thanks Tina. If I recall correctly there are different locations for Snow Geese on spring migration so that may give you other options.

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