So there I was, driving south on I-5. It was overcast and drizzly, and the geese were out in large numbers, flying high overhead in somewhat disheveled formations. To the west, I saw a flock of thousands of Snow Geese, some in the air but most on the ground. I looked at them longingly, wishing I could photograph them but realizing how incompatible that is with driving.
Yes, it was really a "duh" moment. Because there on the seat next to me was the camera bag containing The Beast and the telephoto lens. And there was a frontage road. And I was in no hurry to be anywhere. Woo hoo! I took the next exit and headed back north to the field.
That's the most geese I've seen together like that. AWESOME.
The big mostly-white ones are Snow Geese. The little mostly-white ones are Ross's Geese. Juveniles of both those species are darker/grayer than the adults. The big grayish brown ones with pink bills in the first photo are Greater White-Fronted Geese.
I have always wanted to shoot photos like the middle ones you'll see here!