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Strange goose indeed

Strange goose indeed
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geese from around the world. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-23 12:57
Viewed: 3946
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Magpie Goose - Anseranas semipalmata

A very strange looking goose indeed.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: A large black and white bird, to 92 cm long, with a long neck and relatively long legs. Plumage white on back, shoulders, rump, breast and belly; black on head, neck, wings and tail. Head characterised by a prominent, rounded knob on the forehead, and by naked red skin on the face.
Eyes: Brown.
Beak: Short and stout, slightly hooked at the end. Red with a grey tip.
Legs: Long and stout, with webbed feet. Orange-yellow.
Sexes: Similar except female has less prominent knob on head.
Voice: A loud honk.
Juveniles: Similar to adults but duller.
Eggs: Cream (Aug - Feb).
Nest: A deep bowl on a floating island made from water plants.
Diet: Corms and seeds of wetland sedges, rushes and grasses.
Environment: Large freshwater lakes, slow-moving waterways and swamps.
Notes: Once common in Victoria but the species became extinct in the 1900s. The current populations are the result of reintroductions from northern Australia.
Photographed at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Arundel, Sussex.

Fisher, elroyie, carper, hummingbird24, Janice, wideload, PDP, sAner, marhowie, liquidsunshine, Comandante has marked this note useful
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-23 13:05]

Well done on the portrait of the M.goose. Excelent view, crisp, sharp and detailed.


As you said in your title, strange goose indeed...
It looks very odd, very good quality and very good details, thanks for sharing.

Very unusual indeed Michael, good clarity of detail and well composed, thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-23 16:21]

Fantastic portrait Michael. The details are great and the composition is very good. Lovely work. Well done.

Michael, Great shot with excellent sharpness & details... this guy is rather on the mottled/ugly side as geese go IMO..strange indeed! Great note, Thanx!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-24 3:43]

He's posing so well for you Michael; it looks like he still has a bit of breakfast still in his mouth. Good portrait, sharp details and colours. Well done.

Very strange, but a lot of personality. Good details and POV.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-24 6:50]

Fantastic shot Michael. Great composition, good colors and very nice details! TFS!

very nice one Michael,
very good portrait of a fantastic bird, well composed shot, great details on the head, good colours, good pof and dof, very nice job.
gr. Jaap

Nice portrait Michael,
razor sharp details, good colours and composition.
Is this what really happened to the ugly duckling?!?
Thanks for posting

Wonderful goose portrait!
Sharpness,details and DOF are great!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-26 9:10]

Michael, a perfect mug shot. Excellent sharpness, composition and pov.

The blurred bg highlights the bird.

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