Snow Geese

Adult and juvenile white morph Snow GeeseAdult and juvenile white morph Snow Geese – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/200, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

While looking for the female Harlequin Duck that has been hanging around the Antelope Island Causeway the days ago I spotted two Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) near the shoreline but I didn’t see them soon enough to get images of them because they were in flight by the time I noticed them. The good news is that they stayed in the area and I spotted them again yesterday morning just as the sun was rising.

The sun hadn’t lit up the north side of the raised causeway when I took the image above but I loved the pastel blue water of the Great Salt Lake and that the geese were side by side.

Juvenile Snow Goose Juvenile Snow Goose – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

It wasn’t long before the sunlight reached the shoreline and the geese, it is amazing to see how much difference the quality of light can make in images. This juvenile white morph Snow Goose stayed close to the adult. It doesn’t look so “snowy” now but it will. I like the pied appearance of the immature birds.

Adult Snow GooseAdult Snow Goose – Nikon D300, f8, 1/800, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The adult Snow Goose has beautiful white plumage with black primaries, pink legs and feet with black toenails, black eyes and a pink bill with a black “grin patch”.

Juvenile and adult white morph Snow GeeseJuvenile and adult white morph Snow Geese – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 242mm, natural light

I was tickled to get these images and the others I created of these two Snow Geese yesterday, especially since they were close. The only other times I have seen them near the causeway they were in flight and too far away to get decent photographs. Maybe they will stick around longer and I’ll be able to take more photos of them!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Wonderful set of images, Mia. The Snow Geese are so cute. I would love to see this species close up someday.

  2. Gorgeous photos, Mia, I wish my pictures of Snow Geese were this great!

  3. The photos are so good..I have not seen snow geese since moving from the Klamath Falls area in Oregon. Great job.

  4. Neat to see these birds in such detail. Really beautiful, Mia.

  5. Fantastic images, Mia. Beautiful light!!

  6. Wonderful. My first reaction when I saw the juvenile in the 2nd image was that they are wearing tight fitting wellington boots ;) Great Lighting in these images.

  7. The Snow Goose, precious photos.

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