A Watercolor painting by David Beale


About ten years ago my wife and I purchased a property with a seven-acre wildlife pond in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  I built a small cottage on the edge of the pond, where we now reside.  We usually have three mating pairs of Canada Geese on McCloy Pond, and over a thousand geese in the morning and at dusk many days during the fall.  We never tire of watching them. I'm a private pilot and am fascinated by their flight patterns and skills and the flight lessons given the young on our pond.  I eagerly listen for the sounds their wings make as they approach low over our cottage, the night sounds from the flocks as they rest on the water overnight, and anxiously await their comings and goings by the full moon.  The painting "Birds of a Different Feather" is one of my favorites of the ones I've painted.  The combined flock of Canada Geese and Snow Geese in my mind resoundingly refutes the argument I  frequently heard growing up in the segregated South in the 1950's that "birds of a feather flock together."

Click to view my other paintings in my Canada Geese Gallery on my website,