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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: 2007-06-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6, Canada Geese [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-09 0:20
Viewed: 3075
Points: 28
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With the birth of my first grandchild three days ago, I am enthralled with all things newborn. Here is a newborn Canada Goose I found at our neighborhood lake today.

Canada Goose
Branta canadensis

Bernache du Canada (French)
Ganso canadiense (Spanish)

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)
Sexes look alike.

Call a loud "honk."

Conservation Status:
Populations generally increasing over last half-century. Resident and urban populations are becoming a nuisance in some areas.

Cool Facts:

At least 11 subspecies of Canada Goose have been recognized, although only a couple are distinctive. In general, the geese get smaller as you move northward, and darker as you go westward. The four smallest forms are now considered a different species: the Cackling Goose.
Some migratory populations of the Canada Goose are not going as far south in the winter as they used to. This northward range shift has been attributed to changes in farm practices that makes waste grain more available in fall and winter, as well as changes in hunting pressure and changes in weather.

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.

The giant Canada goose subspecies, B. canadensis maxima, formerly bred from central Manitoba to Kentucky. It was nearly driven extinct in the early 1900s. Programs to reestablish the subspecies to it original range were tremendously successful, and in fact, in some places were too successful. The numerous introductions and translocations created a number of resident populations, and the geese have become a nuisance in many urban and suburban areas.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-09 1:23]

Congratulations New Grandma!!!A new birth news is always delight for everyone in any part o the world.

The joy is absolutely brought out in this wonderful mother and child image,Manyee.The little one looks so cute while the mum looks really like the one spent after the child bearing and truly glowing.You have got a great close -up shot.The mummy literally fills the frame very nicely, while little one is very much noticeable.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Manyee,
Well I see you have new lake friends besides Waldo the wood duck. Canadian geese are so beautiful and their young are so cute, and you captured them so nicely. Again congratulations on your grandchild. :)

Hi Manyee,
Lovely image!! So cute and fluffy, wonderful composition, POV and good details and sharpness. Well done and TFS
Congrats on becoming a grandparent!
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-09 2:10]

Hi Manyee,
Congratulation to you on becoming Grandma. A marvellous and joyous feeling it must be.
Splendid shot of these mother and child Canada Goose. Very neat and sharp image and a tender and loving moment captured. Excellent low POV, the green grass and the blue water add such soothing colours to the shot. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

Hi Manyee,
Lovely shot of Goose with her young.
TFS, Mario.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-09 4:36]

Hello Manyee,
congratulations on your grandchild! I wish the same fine situation as this satisfied youngster and proud mother in your picture :-)
Regards, JAcob

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-09 7:54]

Hello Manyee,
Lovely portrait of a Canada Goose with her gosling. Fine sharpness, lighting and detail.
Congratulations on becoming a grandma!
I became a grandfather, for the first time, to a little girl who will have her first birthday next month.
TFS and have a nice weekend!

Hello Manyee,
Great shot vivid colors lovely composition, well done TFS regards/Lawhill

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-09 11:15]

Hi Manyee,

Ahhhhhh. The parent is beautiful and the baby is so soft and cuddly and adorable. You captured a beautiful moment. Absolutely wonderful!


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-09 11:43]

Congratulations grandma Manyee with your first grandchild, is it a boy or a girl?
You have captured a nice shot of this mother with her youngster. She has to grow a lot to get as big as mum.
Good focus, sharpness, light and colours.
tfs Paula

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-09 15:37]
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Hi ManYee

I hope this goose gave the new grandma a couple of good "honks". Congratulations ManYee (he is a beautiful baby) and I am sure you and Dandre must be bursting with pride. Not even to mention Adeh and Alison. Please give them my warmest good wishes and I hope he will give them much joy in life. I must say that I am rather surprised that grandma did not post his photo as a workshop.

The Canada goose with her gosling looks great as well. A lovely tender moment with the youngster already imitating its mum. Great composition, colours, details, and lighting.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-09 20:53]

Cute! Great capture - fitting image! :) Congrats, Grandma!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-09 23:57]

Hello Manyee

Congratulations on your wonderful news. The photo is beautiful.The mama goose looks so proud of her gosling as she keeps a watchful eye.very good detail and focus.The colours are natural.Great POV.TFS


Hello Manyee, excellent capture, beautiful image of mother and son, great POV and composition.. congratulations

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