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Canada Goose new feathers

Canada Goose new feathers
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-01 13:28
Viewed: 4059
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Canada Goose molting (It didnít move up north to do that!)

Done at Osprey Marsh, a little park 10 minutes drive from my home.

Cool Facts
-Individual Canada Geese from most populations make annual northward migrations after breeding. Nonbreeding geese, or those that lost nests early in the breeding season, may move anywhere from several kilometers to more than 1500 km northward. There they take advantage of vegetation in an earlier state of growth to fuel their molt. Even members of "resident" populations, which do not migrate southward in winter, will move north in late summer to molt.
(from "All About Birds")

The most familiar and widespread goose in North America, the Canada Goose can be found in all kinds of water all across the continent, from the tundra to the Gulf Coast. Some populations have become resident in urban areas, and are now coming into conflict with people.

Large waterbird.
Black head.
Long, black neck.
White chinstrap.
Light tan to cream breast feathers.
Brownish back.
White undertail.

Size: 76-110 cm (30-43 in)
Wingspan: 127-170 cm (50-67 in)
Weight: 3000-9000 g (105.9-317.7 ounces)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-01 13:41]

Hi mario.A veru good shot of the Canada goose. a very nice pose. good detail in the feathers and wings. good eye contact.and colours. well done TFs.good notes too.

Hi Mario,marvelous shot,i like.Cheer


Hello Mario,
Beautiful capture of the goose spreading the wings.
Love the pose and the small catch light in the eye.
Composition is excellent and sharpness and lighting supurb.
Feather details are very beautiful due to that perfect exposure and sharpness.
A great joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

This is s great moment caught Mario! The pose is excellent and so are details, exposure, composition and low POV. Birds are amazing at this time of year; I can see Cardinals molting actually and they are pretty funny to see with no feathers on their head :) Thanks,

Hi Mario...good posture showing off the wings. best, Brat.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-08-01 17:40]

Hi Mario,

Great shot, great pose, details and colors of plumage are just perfect. Congratulations and TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-01 18:06]

Hi Mario,
Great shot of your Canadian goose. Perfect exposure. You brought out a lot of detail in dark colors without overexposing the light colors. BRAVO! Great eye contact and perfect glint of light in that eye. Great pose of subject with excellent sharpness and detail.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-08-01 18:27]

Hi Mario, very nice sharp shot of this Canada Goose. I like how you've captured that great detail on the feathers standing up. Great lighting with excellent colour. He has put up a very striking pose for you to accentuate the composition. Very nicely seen and captured.

Thanks, John

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-02 5:14]
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Hi Mario,
Details of the plumage are so crisp sharp. Focus, composition and exposure handling are very good. I liked the pose you captured. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-02 6:52]

Hi Mario
Very nice image.I loved the details in the plumage and i like the catch light in the eye.
POV is also excellent.
TFS Michel

I've seen a lot of Canada goose here in northeast Wisconsin, Mario, but never one molting like this. Great detail in the capture -- especially with the opening wings and that wonderful texture on the feathers. A solid, crisp image, and positioned well within the frame.


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