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Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger NP 2009
Date Submitted: 2010-01-27 14:23
Viewed: 9670
Points: 63
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Egyptian Goose / Alopochen aegyptiaca

The Egyptian Goose is the 6th in the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park, which I am currently sharing. Enjoy!

The Egyptian goose is some of the biggest "mouthed" or should I say "beaked" birds that we have come across in the Park, besides perhaps some of the Spurfowls. A gathering of these birds sounds 10 times worse that a bunch of talkative females at a hen's party, and that is already very noisy. Not one of them can keep their beaks shut. Boy am I glad I couldn't understand their language. They yak, yak, yak, yak all the time, non stop. The sound carries for a very far distance, and sometimes it gets to a point were you just can't handle the cackling anymore. I am sure all the ones we have come across must have been females because I read that the male hisses and the females utter a grunting honk, and there's always this incessant honking going around.

This image was taken in the Shingwedzi area at the Kanniedood Dam.

The Egyptian Goose belongs to the family of birds classified as Anatidae. It is neither endemic or near endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident, which you may not see in all areas. The height of the bird is about 75 cm and its weight is about 2350 grams. The male and female have the same plumage and colours, but the female is a bit smaller. Some of them have grey-brown upper parts; others are red-brown. They have black tails and orange eyes; their bills, legs and feet are pink. It has a dark chestnut coloured mask around the eye, and a brown patch on the breast that is distinctive in flight.

Feeding Habits
Their staple diet consists of grass and herbs. But during the dry season, when their natural food becomes less attractive, they often visit cultivated areas and can cause considerable damage to drops. They also eat some worms and insects.

They are very pugnacious and aggressive, especially during breeding season. They are intolerant of other birds including individuals of their own kind and are among the most vicious of all waterfowl. Essentially terrestrial, they spend considerable time ashore and are at ease on land. They feed both night and day, often long distances from water. They are good swimmers and dive extremely well.

Breeding Habitat and Nesting Habits
They are monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying they will seek out a new mate. They use a surprising variety of nest sites. Some nest on the ground, some in burrows, others prefer using ledges on cliffs or old buildings. Some select abandoned nests of other birds, often high in the crowns of trees. The bird lays eggs which are white in colour and females incubate a clutch of 5-8 eggs for about 28 days. Parents call from below to the young that hatch at high elevations until the babies find courage to step off into space. Although very quarrelsome and bad-tempered by nature, they form strong pair bonds and are excellent parents.

The preferred habitats for them are: wetlands and riverine areas. You will normally see them in pairs or flocks and not as single birds.

Names of this avian species in other languages
Afrikaans ... Kolgans
Xhosa ... Ilowe
Zulu ... iLongwe
German ... Nilgans
Portuguese ... Ganso do Egipto
French ... Ouette d'gypte
Dutch ... Nijlgans


I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

eng55, sranjan, nasokoun, sandpiper2, anemone, anel, Jamesp, ramthakur, siggi, PeterZ, Noisette, albert, Pikkie, xTauruSx, waylim, matteo86, rousettus, mamcg has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-27 14:32]

Hi Anna,
Very beautiful capture of this Egyptian Goose.I liked vivid colors,clarity,details and pose of bird a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Anna,
Now I have to disagree with Omer: it looks to me that the photo was initially underexposed and you tried to compensate it in post production.
The problem is in this situation what you get from the shadows is just noise. It`s way better to overexpose and then take the exposure down in the raw converter. This way you`ll have much more luminance information available than viceversa.
In the first exposure zone you have 8192 levels of the available luminance, in the second one just half of that (4096) and so on; you know what I mean.
See the following article:

  • sranjan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
  • [2010-01-27 17:37]

Hallo Anna,
Beautiful details shot by you even with your Cybershot. I would appreciate a polarizing filter to get the best out of situation if the same would have had been shot by DSLR. Full marks to you for your efforts for making us see the details of plumage despite water glare in the BG. Great notes as ever :)
TFS & regards-Subhash
PS: How come the smily has not appeared; may be I have crossed my daily limits of points !

  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2010-01-27 19:47]

Hello Miss Piggy,
How have you been? I am so delighted to see your post in the gallery today as i visit.The "yak yak" bird looks beautful especially its eye standing out very well and with the plumage showing a melange of colours with sheen.The blue water beyond and the wading action adds to the beauty of the shot.
Thanks for sharing.
You know, I am smiling but they dont have enough for me today to show!

Hi Anna,

Very beautiful photo! The colors are so amazing! Nice to see the sharpness even when the bird could have moved slightly!

Thanks for sharing,

hello Anne,
beautiful bird, your POV is fine the scene is lovely, nice photo output and very good notes!
keep photographing! TFS

Dear Anna!

Unfortunately I have to agree with Nelu who seems to be a precise observer. Indeed, the technical aspects of your picture are not perfect. It's difficult to say what exactly made them wrong, because the picture as it is presented on TN is too small. Beside what Nelu believes it also could be a problem of oversharpening, maybe in addition to the level corrections. Beside the noise in the bird's feathers there's also a bif problem of clarity in the region of the head.

Now, I know it's not nice to start a critique with so many negative points... But I also know that you prefer honest critiques. There's always a positive aspect in a picture: here, the viewer gets a good overall impression of this colourful bird and your notes are not only pleasant to read, but also instructive and interesting.

It would be interesting if you take your pictures in RAW or in JPG. If you take them in JPG, at which quality? I personally believe that difficult pictures should be taken in RAW. The quality is much better and RAW allows a non-destructive postprocessing.


Kind regards


Hi Anna

A fine shot of this handsome goose. I like the walking away composition. Good sharpness too.


Hello Anna.
Lovely capture of this cute bird. Beautiful colours and nice composition..
Kind regards,

Hello Anna,
It is hard to believe that a real goose, incredibly and intensely colorful. The shape is classic. Best interesting note.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-28 4:14]

hello Anna,
Now what do we have here..yak, yak. But one thing is sure, they have a wonderful plumage! I just can image a very fine dress in these colors:-)
Very fine picture of this honking Egyptian Goose, which you have taken from an ideal point of view, showing plumage and lateral view on the head with the wonderful red eye. Very well seen!
Kind regards

Hi Anna

This is a really good pose and shows the goose in much better detail than my last posting.

Re: A couple of crits on this posting - there is, I have noticed, an inherent problem with TN and other sites - what looks OK on one screen might look less good on another (I use 3 screens and the same shot looks totally different on each of them).

Best wishes


Very comely Egyptian Goose, Anna.
The low POV gives a fine glimpse of the subtle and attractive colours on this bird's plumage.
The eye carries the expression of its being aware of your presence.
Very well composed shot that pleases the eye.
Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-28 8:16]

Hello Anna,
On the screen I'm using now this photo looks a bit oversharpned and noisy. And there isn't much DOF. Like James said, I don't know how it looks on my other screen. The colours look beautiful, low POV and a very good composition.

Hi Anna,
the first thing I saw was this impressive red eye, wow!
And the colour of the ploumage is very pretty.
I also love the pose, a lovely moment, thanks.
Warm greetings from the cold Bavaria - we had snow the whole day, hhhh!
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-28 11:19]

Hello Anna.
Wonderful shot of this Egyptian goose, like the POV a lot, it really give an excellent view of the bird, the detail is stunning, wonderful colours.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Anna,

I was late to writing my comments tonight since i had some sleeping problems:). This one is nicely composed and focussed shot of this pretty Egyptian Goose with delihgtful composition, colours and details.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Anna
excellent capture of this Egyptian Goose walking in the water, the whole bird is wel detailed and the coloration is superb especially the colored feather from his tail, the light blue water makes a lovely BG
Have a good night

Hello anna
Even with a bit of noise I like this photo showing the back of this goose, good details and saturated colours of the plumage
and have a good W-E

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  • Pikkie (44)
  • [2010-01-29 12:50]
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Hallo Anna,
Baie mooi foto. Die kleure is pragtig en duidelik.

Hi Anna ,
So nice shot.
It has great details and wonderful colours.
Great work

Kind regards

Ciao Anna, lovely goose in nice pose, splendid colors, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural ambientation, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Anna, fine shot of this colourful goose with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hellow Anna,
Great capture of this Egyptian Goose wading in the water.A striking image with unique colouration of its feathers.
It seems quite at peace and relaxed.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2010-02-01 10:21]

Hello Anna,
the colors does look like Egyptian, Does it walk like an egyptian too? :)
It is a good capture, the quality is not among your best, but better than most. the noise leve is a little high, but that didn't prevent us from enjoying and learning more about this bird. Thanks.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-01 20:30]

Hello Anna,
Sorry to be so late on my critiques, but I can't seem to find the time to get on like I would like to. Rosie and the grandkids are keeping me to busy around the house.
This is a very beautiful goose indeed, the assortment of colors are gorgeous. I'm amazed every time I visit TN and see the vast amount of birds from all over the world with such amazingly beautiful plumages.
I would love to see this particular bird in flight, I can only imagine how spectacular a sight that would be to view.
I find you notes interesting stating that both sexes share the same plumage coloring, since this is definitely not the norm in the bird world. Thanks for sharing this wonderful image, along with your great notes as usual!

Veo, como me han hablado alguna vez, que el parque Kruger da para mucho... t nos lo ests mostrando poco a poco con estas raras especies para nosotros; unas gamas de colores, como las del pequeo pjaro que publicaste anteriormente, nada habituales por nuestras latitudes.
Saludos Anna y gracias como siempre por tus comentarios:
Josep Ignasi.

Hi Anna

Wonderlike foto van die kolgans. Die kleure is pragtig en geneem uit 'n goeie oogpunt.
Foto I skerp en oog kontak is 'n oulike ekstra;)

Dankie en baie Groete

wow, very beautiful goose with great colors!
I didn't know this variety
funny position of the subject
thanks for sharing !!



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-05 5:43]

Hi Anna,
it is such a very well discussed shot this time. honestly Im not a professional nature photographer, nor a knowledgeable zoologist. Im just a plain man who appreciate beauty and nature. I found your presentation is attractive especially at the wings. Layers of thatched feathers and dots of colours. they are lovely and beautiful.
Lovely capture to be shared and i like the pose this goose offered.


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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-02-06 1:09]

Such a funny looking and colorful bird and a nice photo. TFS.

Hi Anna,
Excellent photography, Artistic pose with lovely colors....Details and notes are great....Tfs,
Best wishes,

Hello Anna
recently, I have not seen new posts from yours and Loot's. I hope everything very well.
Egyptian Goose is very beautiful anserine species. I have never seen it. But it has been recorded for several times from Turkiye. I hope I can see it in future.
you nicely captured it with great sharp focus, exposure and composition. coloration superb. its foot movement supplies a good action to shot. good notes as always. thanks for sharing, best regards to you and Loot.
I also wish to celebrate your and all ladies' International Women Day.
have a wonderful week.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-03-14 10:34]
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Hi Anna,
As we live far from ocean or river so I don't know much about water birds, I like these so see and make snap shot. It is very beautiful, crisp and sharp shot with in beautiful colours.
Well done, TFS and regards.


Hello Anna,
When I managed time I watch old picture.Tonight I was watching your gallery and found this one.
Bery nice coloured Egyptian Duck.Once I captured this species but couldn't get such details and colour.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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