Professor Todorov's Stunning Photo Captures 1,000 Migrating Geese From Above

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Aerial photo depicting geese migration

WIRED -- If you find the graceful choreography of birds in flight mesmerizing from the ground, Jassen Todorov says you should see it from the air. “It’s fascinating,” he says. “They have this sense of orientation that’s just fabulous — thousands of them flying right next to each other and they never bump into each other, in perfect coordination.”

Todorov has taken more than 1,000 aerial photos of birds in the past year or so. He made this one, of snow geese over the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, near San Francisco last month. He makes regular flights over the wetlands during the winter migration, snapping pictures from the window of his 1976 Piper Warrior. He started flying about 15 years ago, about the same time he got into photography. Todorov, a violin professor at San Francisco State University, spends his free time combining those two hobbies all around the world, but his favorite spots are close to home.

Photo by Jassen Todorov