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The Egyptian Goose

The Egyptian Goose
Photo Information
Copyright: Karl Daniels (webphoto) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 7 N: 56] (359)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL XSi 450D, Sigma 70-200 HSM II +Sigma 2.0x Extender, Kenko Pro1D UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-10 10:25
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Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae, and is the only extant member of the genus Alopochen. mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data suggest that the relationships of Alopochen to Tadorna need further investigation (Sraml et al. 1996).

Two or three species of Alopochen from the Madagascar region have become extinct in the last 1000 years or so:

Mauritian Shelduck, A. mauritianus - Mauritius, late 1690s
Malagasy Shelduck or Madagascar Shelduck, Alopochen sirabensis (may be subspecies of A. mauritianus) - Madagascar, prehistoric
Réunion Shelduck or Kervazo's Egyptian Goose, Alopochen kervazoi - Réunion, c.1690s

This 63-73 cm long species breeds widely in Africa except in deserts and dense forests, and is locally abundant. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara. It has also been introduced elsewhere; Great Britain and the Netherlands have self-sustaining feral populations, the former dating back to the 18th century, though only formally added to the British list in 1971. In Britain, it is found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes.

This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, hence the English name.[citation needed]

This species will nest in a large variety of situations, especially in holes in mature trees in parkland. Egyptian Geese usually pair for life.

GoslingThe sexes of this striking species are identical in plumage, though the males average slightly larger. There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone, with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is not sex or age related.

Egyptian geese typically eat seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems. Occasionally, they will eat locusts, worms, or other small animals.

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork.

The Egyptian Goose is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Notes are from WIKIPEDIA.ORG

Shutter Speed : 1/500
Aperture Value: F8.0
ISO Speed : 400
Sigma Lens: 140-400mm
Focal Length : 400.0 mm

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Hi Karl,

I allways go to the Kruger park for photos and would not have thought of going to Randburg to get a bird in flight. This is allways difficult
and you have captured this one at the right time with good Dof with a lovely background. Watch out for the whites as they can easily be overexposed. Try underexposing by 1/3 or 2/3 of a stop.


Great action shot. It is not always easy to capture these type of pics, especially in low light conditions. The POV, DOF and BG are good in your pic.

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