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'If you have never experienced a huge flock of brent geese doing a low fly-past, you have missed one of nature's most breath-taking spectacles' (stock photo)

'If you have never experienced a huge flock of brent geese doing a low fly-past, you have missed one of nature's most breath-taking spectacles' (stock photo)

'If you have never experienced a huge flock of brent geese doing a low fly-past, you have missed one of nature's most breath-taking spectacles' (stock photo)

Sometimes I hate my smartphone and other times I love it. A bit like social media, I guess. Today I am grateful to my phone for allowing me to relive something I used to enjoy most days in the winter. This memory, from exactly a year ago, is a video of a huge flock of brent geese flying over my house on their way to spend the day in the field behind my back garden.

If you have never experienced a huge flock of brent geese doing a low fly-past, you have missed one of nature's most breath-taking spectacles.

They are elegant and graceful as they fly, usually in a loose V formation. We are told geese honk but that is a poor description for a sound more like a loud chatter as they prepare to land. As they swoop lower, they gracefully dip their wings in unison and land in formation, never crashing into each other, and begin their day resting and feeding.