20 May 2009

Goose photographed "mid-whiffle"

The body of this goose is upside-down, but he has turned his head rightside-up. Photographed in turbulent weather and explained thus:
“It looks like this bird is in mid-whiffle,” he said. “When geese come in to land from a great height they partake in a bout of whiffling, this involves the bird twisting and turning to spill air from their wings and thus lowering their speed prior to landing. In 36 years of birdwatching I have seen this many times, particularly when watching pink-footed geese on the north Norfolk coast coming in to roost in the late afternoon and evening. I have, however, never seen a photograph of a bird in mid-whiffle like this. It is an amazing photograph.”


  1. I didn't know that there was a word for it or that "whiffle" was anything but onomatopoeic nonsense.

  2. I can believe they do that, having watched a lot of birds, but the light makes it seem so smooth and featherless, like a 3D animation figure simulating the move, and not a real photo.


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