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"Honk, if you're Duck Hunting!"

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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 7:28 PM by Pat Shingleton
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Topics: Geese and the "v" Formation, Duck Calls

This weekend the "Luke Guarisco Duck Calling Competition" begins at Avoca and Pecan Island Duck Club. Field trials will also designate the "Hank the Wonder Dog" Award. Geese fly in a "V" formation, providing the flock with 80% greater flying range than if each was on its own. As noted in a previous column, flying out of formation causes resistance drag. Geese return to take advantage of the lifting power from the bird in front of it. When a lead goose tires, it rotates back and another goose assumes the point position. Geese in the rear honk to encourage those ahead to hold their speed. If a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese leave the formation to lend help; staying with it until death or flying again.

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