Magpie Goose - the strange one
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]|
|This species is placed in the order Anseriformes, having the characteristic bill structure, but is considered to be distinct from the other species in this taxon. The related and extant families, Anhimidae (screamers) and Anatidae (ducks, geese and swans), contain all the other taxa. The Magpie Goose is contained in the genus Anseranas and family Anseranatidae, which are monotypic in our age.|
The Magpie Goose is found in a variety of open wetland areas such as floodplains and swamps. It is fairly sedentary apart from some movement during the dry season. They are colonial breeders and are gregarious outside of the breeding season when they can form large and noisy flocks of up to a few thousand individuals. Its nest is on the ground, and a typical clutch is 5-14 eggs. Some males mate with two females, all of which raise the young, unlike some other polygamous birds. This may be beneficial when predation of young is high as chicks raised by trios are more likely to survive.
This species is plentiful across its range, although this is significantly reduced in comparison to the range at time of European settlement. The range once extended as far south as the Coorong and the wetlands of the South-east of South Australia and Western Victoria. For Australia as a whole, it is not threatened and has a controlled hunting season when numbers are large.
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- [2011-05-14 7:54]
A photo with a good composition and natural colours. The wing is good in focus, but the neck and head are out of focus, a pity. Very good timing with the wings in this position.
- [2011-05-14 12:04]
Je m'adresse en français car votre nom me semble très français. Cet oiseau est en fait une Canaroie semipalmée, une espèce que je n'ai malheureusement jamais vue. L'image est intéressance de par sa rareté ainsi que sa composition. Effectivement, comme le dit Peter, le cou et la tête sont hors foyer, ce qui est dommage. La prochaine fois sera sans doute la bonne.
Salutations du Québec
- [2011-05-15 6:01]
A beautiful capture of this Goose even though it is a bit dark and OOF. I like the timing and the fine details of the wing pens. Lovely colours too and well framed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla
Excellent in-flight photo of this strange one
as you wrote in the title, the Magpie Goose,
fine POV, from his flight pose we can feel
the speed of the flight, TFS