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Canada Goose Goslings or I Love a Parade

Canada Goose Goslings or I Love a Parade
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Copyright: Mish PM (Finland_in_Eton) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 23 N: 225] (876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geese from around the world., !Wawa... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 7:03
Viewed: 3865
Points: 12
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I was fishing on the bank of a small lake in Oxfordshire, minding my own business and concentrating on the task at hand; looking for bubbles that would indicate carp or tench feeding. Hearing a slight noise behind me I turned and found myself hemmed in by several families of Canada Geese. Fortunately the camera was out of it's case so I cautiously picked it up and started snapping away. This was the best of the "baby" photos.

I titled this "I Love a Parade" because that is the way Canada Geese and their young move around. One adult, usually, at the front, the goslings strung out in a line and the other parent bringing up the rear.

Sometimes the geese will band together, several families forming a large group called a crèche. That's what I found myself in the middle of this particular day.

I decided to check for some data on these birds to add here in regards to their residency in the UK. The information below is from Wikipedia.

There are seven subspecies of Canada Goose
B. c. occidentalis
Dusky Canada Goose
B. c. fulva
Vancouver Canada Goose
B. c. parvipes
Lesser Canada Goose
B. c. moffitti
Moffitt's Canada Goose
B. c. maxima
Giant Canada Goose
B. c. interior
Interior Canada Goose
B. c. canadensis
Atlantic Canada Goose

Canada Geese have reached western Europe naturally, as has been proved by ringing recoveries. The birds are of at least the subspecies parvipes, and possibly others.

Greater Canada Geese have also been widely introduced in Europe, and have established feral populations. The geese were first introduced in Britain in the late 17th century as an addition to King James II's waterfowl collection in St. James's Park.

I cropped a bit of this photo to enhance the compostion and balance it. It was run through Paint Shop Pro Photo XI to correct the levels. Then I used the clarify feature and sharpened it a bit further. Not sure if I over sharpened or not.

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Hi Michele,
I imagine goslings feeding around you.. They are so "naive"... And I don't find the image too sharpened ... Nice work. Regards, Marta

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-28 16:07]

Very sweet shot, lovely details on those fluffy feathers. Great POV and nice natural colours



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  • zoso68 (21)
  • [2007-02-05 9:13]

What a nice composition. Great sharp and colours.
Thank You for sharing

Is it wise to follow, or shall I take another path, will anything be left for me after those two have finished pecking the ground clean? he waits pondering, or maybe he is just another little narcissistic gosling wanting his picture taken. "This side Finland, look here no not that one, this is my better side, Oh forget them great hogs only like to eat. Look at me look at me please." He is waiting there like he knows the other guys will go out of your focus. Maybe you can write the book. You sure have the pictures

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-06 17:28]

This a lovely capture of thies Goslings Michele, I have many from last spring but without good exposure and the sharpness you have on these lovely guys. You managed to get the depth of colours with subtle shadoos and highlights on these goslings. Mine, alas do not cmpare to yours.

Lovely geese and great composition. I like the structures of details.TFS

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