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Drinking Problem

Drinking Problem
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Wawa... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-11 8:40
Viewed: 2889
Points: 26
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I was out yesterday, just for a little while but the weather was beautiful, the geese are returning and having spats over territory, we saw meadowlarks, starlings and robins, so spring is near. I liked this shot mainly due to the reflections on the melt water on the ice. This Canada Goose was capture on a small pond near Medicine Hat.

From Wikipedia.
The black head and neck with white "chinstrap" distinguish this goose from all except the Barnacle Goose, but the latter has a black breast, and grey, rather than brownish, body plumage. There are seven subspecies of this bird, of varying sizes and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada Geese. Some are hard to distinguish from the Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii), with which the Canada Goose was long assumed to form one species; the name Lesser Canada Goose is, confusingly, often applied to B. hutchinsii.

This species is 90-100 cm long with a 160-175 cm wing span. Males weigh 3.56.5 kg, (814 pounds), and can be very aggressive in defending territory. The female looks virtually identical but is slightly lighter at 35.5 kg (712 pounds), and has a different honk. Exceptionally, weights of 11.3 kg (25 pounds) and a wingspan of 224 cm (88 inches) have been recorded in the largest race.

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Hello Rick,
The pose you captured is really beautiful. Exposure is just perfect and composition is superb! Today it is 0 here so I guess that spring must be near too... It is so a big contrast with those temperatures we had these past days...

This is a very nice capture of a bird that I have never seen "in real" from so close. Thanks,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-11 9:16]

Hello Rick,
I'm glad spring is arriving at your place too!
Beautiful shot of this Canada Goose looking in the mirror! Sharp details and beautiful light.
We have these in the fields here too. I think they're very beautiful! Great composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi dear Rick ,
nice image with great details.
excellent sharpness, light and composition.
nice mood.
well captured
thanks for sharing

Hi Rick,
A very good image.
Good sharpness and so forth; overall technically well done.
It's also a beauty; the image as well as the depicted geese; the latter seems to be in good condition despite the cold and the drinking problem.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-11 11:00]

What a wonderful "story" this shot tells, Rick.
I love the juxtaposition of the water and ice, and the goose's obvious dilemma in trying to get a drink.
The ripples and the reflection are very cool.
I also find the curve of the goose's neck fascinating and aesthetic.
TFS. : )

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-11 11:04]

Hi Rick,

Those reflections are unbelievable. I love the ripple in the water where he is drinking. Still looks pretty cold to me - summer is almost here in Arizona.


Interesting caption to this beautiful picture, Rick!
The low POV almost at level with the height of the bird has turned your capture into a masterpiece.
Excellent profile view from which the graceful beauty of the bird is highlighted very effectively.
The reflection of the head and the legs on shallow water also looks very attractive here.
Best regards.

Nice timing, great pose!
The bit of reflection is certainly the eye grabber.
Well done!

Hi Rick,
you have captued this bird in a nice pose.
The details and exposure are spot on. I like the reflections
in the ice and water too.
Well done

I critiqued this one earlier
Again, it poofed! This after I double checked!
Tfs, Jay

PS AND I did WS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-11 22:32]

Hello Rick

Mirror mirror on the ground who is the fairest goose around? Why this goose is a real beauty.Well exposed plumage,and excellent sharp details.The water seems to clarify at the gooses head and become just like a mirror.TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-12 3:07]

Hi Rick

Great POV and DOF. Lovely light - a great shot all round.

Canada Geese were introduced to the UK about a hundred years ago and have now got out of control - there are hundreds of them in parks, gardens, nature reserves etc and they are now the most common goose here.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-14 10:04]

Hi Rick.
I like these bird so much. They present me a few nice pictures.
Your shot is perfect: nice pictured scene, amazing details and lighting. DOF is excellent too. I also like the composition and cropping. Perfect job and TFS.

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