Monday, October 25, 2010

Geese V

Not the TV show. (Is that still on?) Although I think Alien Geese could be fun.  Their weapons would sound like quack-ack-ack-ack.  Back to our story!  It's the time of year when you see the geese flying overhead in the calm twilight and they just make me happy.  I do wonder why they fly in a V formation, aside from the fact that it looks snazzy.  Firstly it's easier on the flock in this formation as the geese in front do the heavy lifting and the others can glide a little with the wind resistance reduced. They take turns in the lead, there's no ubergoose. No one wants an ubergoose. It's also easier for them to see each other in a V rather than in a straight line or a cloud.  Because each goose flies a little above the one in front of it.  Trust me, it all makes sense.  To a goose.

This book looks amazing if you're into the whole bird movement:
The atlas of bird migration : tracing the great journeys of the world's birds
Graphic and Information Source:  Library of Congress

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