|Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee)
|Date Taken: 2010-05-22|
|Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS|
|Exposure: f/5.9, 1/1000 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-05-22 9:49|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Young Canada goose preening its new wing feathers.|
Note the mixture of fluffy down and sleek "grown-up" feathers,
and the blue shafts where the feathers have yet to come in.
On the ground, usually on a muskrat mound or other slightly elevated site, near water. They prefer a spot from which they can have a fairly unobstructed view in many directions. Female selects the site and does much of nest construction. She adds down feathers and some body feathers beginning after the second egg is laid. She does all the incubation while her mate guards her and the nest.
Female selects nest site, builds nest, and incubates eggs. She may brood goslings in cold, wet, or windy weather and while they’re sleeping for first week after hatching. Male guards the nest while female incubates.
Soon after they hatch, goslings begin pecking at small objects, and spend most of their time sleeping and feeding. They remain with their parents constantly, though sometimes “gang broods” form, especially in more southern latitudes. These can include at least two broods, and sometimes five or more, that travel, feed, and loaf together, accompanied by at least one adult.
Young often remain with their parents for their entire first year, especially in the larger subspecies. As summer wanes birds become more social; they may gather in large numbers at food sources; where food is limited and patchy, may compete with displays and fights.
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- [2010-05-22 11:19]
The thumbnail is hard to interpret but on opening it a fine and interesting capture is revealed showing this Canada Goose gosling preening itself and showing its budding feathers. The lighting is great with a nice catchlight in the eye and the sharpness is excellent.
An unusual capture of a common species that is nice to view,
Thanks and have a good weekend,
As all your birds, it generates interest and is very well managed in terms of light and contrast. The POV is a bit complex, but provides good details. Greetings, Thanks for sharing.
- [2010-05-25 19:57]
This is a great image of what I call their awkward age, they are a bit homely at this stage. Great details and colours throughout, thanks for sharing Manyee.