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I have shown already the photos from interior of castle Howard here and here . Now the outside view.
it is quite easy to go there from York. The bus trip is about one hour one way, you need about two hours to see the gardens and the castle inside. I wanted to seething more of York (I was there already but I somehow lost a few hundreds photos) and in the evening i went to visit Mariusz, so I had to get up early, before sunrise to catch the first bus. When I cam there, i had an hour for seeing the gardens, the castle is open at 11 a.m. The gardens are spacious, with formal rose garden, fountains, meadows, lake and some other small buildings. On the other side of the lake I noticed a big herd of wild geese. I approached them slowly with my camera, very quiet, but in spite of this in one moment they were all in the air. I was so annoyed with my camera, it is so slow :((. I managed to make only shot and they were all gone. Maybe not so good sharpness but I like it anyway..

Small lesson of English I have found in Wikipedia:
Geese are waterfowl belonging to the tribe Anserini of the family Anatidae. The word goose is a direct descendent of Proto-Indo-European root, *ghans-. In Germanic languages, the root gave Old English gōs with the plural gēs and gandres (becoming Modern English goose, geese, and gander, respectively), New High German Gans, Gänse, and Ganter, and Old Norse gās. This term also gave Lithuanian žąsìs, Irish gé (goose, from Old Irish géiss), Latin anser, Greek χήν/khēn, Albanian gatë (heron), Sanskrit hamsa and hamsi, Finnish hanhi, Avestan zāō, Polish gęś, Russian гусь, Czech husa, and Persian ghāz.
The term goose applies to the female in particular while gander applies to the male in particular. Young birds before fledging are called goslings. The collective noun for group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight, they are called a skein, a team or a wedge; when flying close together, they are called a plump.

So, this is a plump (or a skein) of Canada Geese, Branta canadensis.

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A gaggle of geese.

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