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Branta canadensis

Branta canadensis
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: 2005-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Animal portraits, Geese from around the world., Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-28 12:10
Viewed: 3836
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Canada Goose
Branta canadensis
Well known for their V-shaped migrating flocks and rich, sonorous honking, Canada Geese are among the most familiar of North America's waterfowl. There are 11 geographical races, ranging in size from the "Giant Canada Goose" of the northern prairies to the diminutive "Cackling Goose," scarcely larger than the Mallard, which nests in the Yukon and winters mainly in California. The most abundant race is the one that nests south of Hudson Bay, which numbers well over a million, while the rarest is the Aleutian Islands form, which nests on only two small islands and numbers barely over a thousand. Like other geese, these birds are chiefly grazers, feeding on stubble fields and eating marsh vegetation. Increasingly tolerant of humans, some even nest in city parks and suburbs. They are especially noticeable in late summer and early fall, when they form molting flocks on golf courses and large lawns; at such times, they have come to be regarded as pests.
description Small races, 22-26" (56-66 cm); large races, 35-45" (89-114 cm). Brownish body with black head, long black neck, conspicuous white cheek patch. The smaller Brant has a shorter neck and lacks white cheek patch
Photographed at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Arundel, Sussex.

JeanMichel, sAner, elroyie, Fisher, PDP, wideload, Runnerduck, liquidsunshine, marhowie has marked this note useful
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I like it very much, Michael! Angle of POV and framing show the best of this beautiful goose. Details like water drops, wet beak and eyes contour are wonderful. A great portrait.

Very good portrait, you can use the goose's eye as a fisheye lens :)
Very good details and very good sharpness.

The Canada Goose, aren't they cute.?
Excelent capture and well done on this portrait.
I did a workshop for you.


What a beautiful portrait. The details are great.. the whites are not OE, and the blacks are still detailed enough. The drops add something to the picture.

WEll done

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-03-28 14:58]

Les reflets de lumière sur le bec, sur les gouttes d'eau et sur l'oeil donne un très beau relief à ce portrait. Très beau noir et blanc!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-28 15:01]

Hi Michael, excellent portrait of the Canada Goose. Very eye catching. Colours, POV and details all very good. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-28 15:12]

Hello Michael, very nice close-up portrait of this goose. The details are great and the DOF is just right. Very good.

What a lovely detailed close up shot of its head Micheal, great exposure and pin sharp.

A fantastic shot Michael. A great pose. Details are spot on. You were lucky with the white and black as well.
Thanks for sharing.

Pin sharp and great detail, love the water drops. Nice one.

Nice portrait Michael,
good details, sharpness and clarity. Well done on the exposure.
Thanks for posting

Michael, Some very good detail and great exposure control to get this detail in the black plumage. Nice POV also. Well done!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-29 4:05]

Extremely well done Michael! Waterdroplets (and the other details) are fantastic. The POV & DOF are great. I really like the colors and I think I can see you in the eye-reflection of this beautiful goose. TFS!

Great portrait very good details and POV.
Well done.

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