As if the merlin wasn’t exciting enough at Vassar Farm on Saturday!
While photographing that merlin, I heard a strange goose-like honk overhead. I was hesitant to pry my eyes away from the new raptor, but by the time I looked up, I saw a lone goose flying behind the trees at the front pond. I thought I missed my chance at whatever it was. I continued to watch him through the trees, and suddenly, he turned back my way!
Once he cleared the trees, I fired away with my camera. Within seconds, he was gone from view, and I captured photos of the goose. It definitely wasn’t your normal goose, but a snow goose! This is the 128th bird I’ve photographed in Dutchess County & the second new bird of 2012!