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Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grooming [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-01 20:36
Viewed: 3465
Points: 18
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Egyptian Goose
Alopochen aegyptiacus

Male is buff; wing coverts are white with black primaries, green secondaries and brown tertiaries. Belly is paler, mantle darker. The rump, tail and back are black. There is a chestnut patch around the eyes and on the breast and a chestnut ring around the neck. There are two color phases, one with a grayer back. The female is similar, but slightly smaller. Their long legs are pink, bill is pink with a black tip and base, and the eyes are dark yellow. Their most distinctive feature is the bandit’s mask.

Inhabits Africa south of the Sahara, the Nile Valley, and southern Israel. Common anywhere except deep forest and desert, usually near water, sometimes on open plains. The only species of Shelduck found north of the equator.

Feeds on crops and young grass.

Wary. Perches and roosts in trees, often using the same branch each night. Dives freely in molt. Found in small groups or very large flocks. Noisy, often fighting. Call is a loud “Kak-kak”; hisses when annoyed. Breeds all months. Nest site varies: may be on ground, in holes in trees or cliffs, deserted tree nests, up to a mile from water. Nest is made of grass and reeds and lined with down. 6-10 yellowish white eggs are produced and incubated for 28-30 days. Life span is 22 years.

They feed up on land as well as in the water.

The Egyptian Goose is in the tribe of Shelducks. Apart from many duck-like characteristics, they also have external goose-like features.

This picture was taken at the Oakland Zoo.


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very nice shot, nice sharpness, and color

Hallo Manyee
I have not been active lately and missed some lovely photographs from members. I'll have to go back on the gallery some time and observe all the ones I have overlooked. This Egyptian Goose, is a real handsome fellow and has such lovely and colourful plumage to be a real show-off. If I would have been a goose and I had such beautiful feathers and would have been proud of myself. I like the way you have captured the bird with the water droplets on its plumage, the details thereof is clearly visible and really adds a special something to this image. The orange eye stands out well and the details of both the eye and the beak are captured with excellent sharpness and focus. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards
Loot and I will not be around on the site for a few days as we are going to a game lodge for our 27th wedding anniversary early Friday morning.

Hello Manyee,

Very beautiful image of this lovely goose.
Love the viewing angle a little from above.
Sharpness, exposure and composition are perfect.
Awsome feather details and wonderful pose.
Excellent work. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-02 4:08]

Hello Manyee,
splendid shot, you captured the bird in a wonderful grooming pose. The details are amazing with a superb sharpness. I love those water droplets repelling on the plumage.

Splendid close-up shot of this duck. Very sharp details with fine focus and colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Manyee
Very good shot Interesting moment Nice POV good sharpness and nice natural colors Also very informative note
Very good job

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-02 7:22]

Hello Manyee
Very nice closed up image .Good POV and sharp image with great detail.I like the water drop running on the plumage,nice pose to.
TFS Michel

Great preening pose Manyee, nice color, details, & exposure.
I like your comp, good POV too :)
Well done mf,

Hello Manyee,
Egyptian Goose, a colourful Goose! I believe they are feeling at home everywhere(even when there is a big crocodile a few meters away). And you can hear their presence loud and clear.
Good moment and well composed.
Annick aka DoLittle:-)

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