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Alopochen aegyptiacus

Alopochen aegyptiacus
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-05 0:50
Viewed: 2602
Points: 36
[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, Alopochen mauritianus - Mauritius, late 1690s
Malagasy Shelduck or Madagascar Shelduck, Alopochen sirabensis (may be subspecies of A. mauritianus) - Madagascar, prehistoric: see Late Quaternary prehistoric birds
Réunion Shelduck or Kervazo's Egyptian Goose, Alopochen kervazoi - Réunion, c.1690s
Parent and goslingsThis 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, the Netherlands and Germany 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. It was officially declared a pest in the UK in 2009.
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.
Its generic name looks like Greek ἀλώπηξ + χήν = "fox-goose", referring to the color of its back, but with a Greek language error: the linguistically correct form would have been *Alopecchen or *Alopecochen.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-05 0:56]

Guten Morgen Siegfried,

What a lovely detail picture of these egyptian goose.
The eyes and beak are superb taken.
Lovely image through the blur background, soft and fine for look at.
Very well done, TFS.

Einen schönen wochenende,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-05 1:15]

Good morning Siggi,
This splendid portrait special.
Beautiful details and colors. Curious I had to know what you offer that duck to stay so good to posed?
Nice POV.
Have a quiet days,

How wonderful picture.
Congratulations.Very good details and great subject.
Best greetings.Alin.

Hallo Siggi
A lovely portrait. Details are seen with great clarity. I think it desperately needs a comb. I also posted an Egyptian goose a few days ago, but I like the direct eye contact you have with yours. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-05 4:25]

Hi Siegfried,
wow...what a superbs close up. You have shown a.
real beauty with excellent sharpness.
i like the beak shiny and real.
Best composition and presentation.


hello Siegfried
very nice pose of this look a like Duck
great details and beatiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Siggi, great portrait of beautiful bird, fine details, good colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-05 10:53]

Hello Siggi,
Beautiful portrait of this juvenile Egyptian Goose. Excellent sharpness, details and natural colours. Great frontal POV and OOF BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-05 11:06]

Hi Siegfried. A fine clsoe up of this untidy looking Bird. You have taken it with sharp focusing and fine detail. Good light in the large brown eyes. All taken with natural looking colours. well taken TFS,.

Hello Siegfried,
Very beautiful portrait shot! Cute one!
TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-05 13:30]

Hi Siggi,wonderful portait,very curious and a little humurous too!Great details,sharpness and colors also whitout the sun.Very nice work,very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Hello Siegfried,
Interesting and very sharp portrait of the Egyptian Goose.
Lovely colours and very good clarity. Nice contrast between the Goose and the blurred background.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-05 15:48]

Hi Siggi,

You must have put this Egyptian Goose under a spell! He is posing so beautifully for you and looking straight into your eyes. A superb portrait with natural colors and sharp details. He is even more charming with his messy beak and feathers.


Hi MF Siggi,

This is incredible in all aspect! Very cute lovely bird:) Superb!
TFS and have a nice night and saturday holiday MF!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-02-05 17:16]

Hola Sigfrido.
You put some magic in this photo. The Goose looking at Your camera is amazing. Lot of details here. TFS
Ps Nice note too.

Hello Siggi,

Excellent portrait with such fine colors, sharpness & details. Well done & presented.

TFS & regards.


Ciao Siegfried. What pleasant friend! Very good focus and colours. Impresive portrait.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-06 12:19]

Hi Siggi

Great portrait of this young (?) Egyptian goos. Excellent pose and details.

Best wishes


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