Dad and I left while it was still dark and made it out to Willow Point in time for the sunrise. Along with probably a hundred other people! The birds were a little late leaving, it seemed. Most waited till well after sunrise to take off. There were times where it seemed like the world had a lid on it made out of birds. Made the early alarm clock well worth it.
This shot is not fantastic, but I do like that the lone tundra swan is catching the glow of the rising sun, while the snow geese in the background are darker.
While waiting for the big take-off, I had plenty of time to scope the flocks, looking for the elusive Ross's Goose, or one of the Eurasian Wigeons that had been reported there. I found neither, but I did come across an unusual looking Snow Goose. It has a fully dark head. I imagine this is a result of it feeding in a muddy area, though. Still interesting to see!