After living in Minnesota for many years, the geese in flight and their honking arrivals and departures, have become a familiar bird watching experience. It is always exciting to watch and also to illustrate. Geese are a messy bird and some would say a bother. True, if they are on your front lawn, but in the air they are magnificent. This bird mates for life and flock as a group for life as well. Wildlife painting requires good research information and observation, sometimes seeing the geese fly gives enough inspiration to go do the research or get the camera, or sketch pad out. Bird watching is not only a great and popular hobby, it is a great wildlife painter pleasure too!