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Emperor Goose

Emperor Goose
Photo Information
Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal portraits, Geese from around the world., Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-16 13:29
Viewed: 5173
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Emperor Goose, Chen canagica

Description 26-28" (66-71 cm). As large as Snow Goose or Greater White-fronted Goose. Body and wings silvery gray; black and white feather margins give a scaled bluish appearance. Head, hindneck, and tail white; throat black; bill pinkish; legs and feet bright orange. Juveniles are gray overall.

Habitat Seacoasts, mudflats, and coastal tundra.

Nesting 3-8 creamy-white eggs in a down-lined nest placed on the ground on islets of marshy tundra or among driftwood on the coast.

Range Breeds on islands and marshy coasts of western Alaska. Winters mainly in Aleutian Islands east to Kodiak Island.

Photographer at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Arundel, Sussex.

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Nice shot Michael,
Very impressive looking goose. good detail and clarity
Thanks for posting

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-16 14:47]

Excelent portrait of the emperor.
Well done on the composition and details.
Just a little tight over the head.


Great portrait, very good exposure on the white tones, very good details and quality.

Nice head shot Michael! great detail and accurate exposure, maybe the crop is a little tight...well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-16 16:19]

Hi Michael, veyr nice portrait, lots of detail and a very nice composition. Good shot.

A very striking shot. Your exposure was excellent - you captured the whites perfectly without losing the dark areas.

Good details in both the whites and blacks so difficult to do, only lacks the highlight in the eye to make it a perfect image .TFS

Nicely exposed and well detailed close up, well taken Michael.

A great success IMO, Michael. Stunning colors, perfect composition. Great job!!

Michael, Very nice capture on the goose. The color and detail are excellent. I personally like the very tight crop and angle taken on this one. Well Done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-16 22:24]

Un autre canard de toute beauté. Ce spécimen est spécial avec ce blanc émaculé sur la tête et son bec multicolore. Vous avez pris cette photo de belle façon, l'exposition, la lumière, et les couleurs sont parfaites.

Félicitations et bonne journée

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-03-17 2:13]

A very nice portrait shot.
Very good exposure and detail.
Nice work,very well done.

An incredible shot, very tight. Amazing colours on her bill.
Fantastic detail.
Well done and thanks for sharing.

Nice shot Michael, I like the POV and the bill turned-down so sharply. Well done. Pts later..

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-03-22 18:27]

Just beautiful! So tender... the softness of the white head, but mostly the expression in the downcast eye. The colors on the beak are so subtle, and the dark body brings out the contrast. Well done, Michael. : )

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