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Goslings, lots of them


Goslings, lots of them
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Copyright: Yves Grenier (eev) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 70-200 f/4L
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Family Matters 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-18 20:04
Viewed: 2622
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During the second year of their lives, Canada Geese find themselves a mate. Most couples stay together all of their lives. If one is killed, the other may find a new mate. The female lays 4-8 eggs and both parents protect the nest while the eggs incubate, but the female spends more time at the nest than the male. Known egg predators include Arctic Foxes, Red Foxes, all large gulls, Common Raven, American Crows and bears. During this incubation period, the adults lose their flight feathers, so that they cannot fly until after their eggs hatch. This stage lasts for 25-28 days.

Adult geese are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one parent at the front, and the other at the back of the "parade". While protecting their goslings, parents often violently chase away nearby creatures, from small blackbirds to other geese, to humans that approach, after warning them by giving off a hissing sound. Most of the species that prey on eggs will also take a gosling, if there's an opportunity. However, geese may form groups of a number of goslings and a few adults, called crèches. This is what we have here.

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I love the composition ! The adult goose in the upper right and the goslings trailing away in a diagonal and filling the lower portion of the image. Well done ! Good exposure, too, looks like they were in a bit of shade, nice detail and color.

TFS, Mish

Hi Yves,
This was one busy Canada Goose.Wonderful lighting and I love how the one young one has light shining off his side. Very nice photo.All my best.
Cecile

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