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Alopochen aegyptiacus

Alopochen aegyptiacus
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-07 9:24
Viewed: 3756
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photographed in the wild...

This 63-73 cm long species breeds widely in Africa except deserts and dense forests, and is locally abundant. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara. It is also introduced elsewhere; Great Britain has a self-sustaining feral population, dating back to the 18th century, though only formally added to the British list in 1971. In Britain, it is found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes.

This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, hence the English name.

This is a territorial species in the breeding season, and will nest in a large variety of situations. Egyptian Geese pair for life.

The sexes of this striking species are identical in plumage, though the males average slightly larger. There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone, with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is not sex or age related.

Egyptian geese typically eat seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems. Occasionally, they will eat locusts, worms, or other small animals.

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
2/09/2007 16:45:40
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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Hello Annick,
Very good DOF on this beautiful big bird!
very lovely colour in perfect sharpness, clarity and details also the wonderful and useful notes that comes with it!
thanks for sharing

Hello Annick
Excellent shot of this colorful Geese ,
Great focusing,DOF and composition,Superb shot.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-07 9:58]

Hi Annick,
a great shot of this Goose.
Sharp with excellent detail.
Beautiful colours.
Great POV.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-07 10:08]

Hello Annick,
I like this goose which we see here occasionally too. Your capture is excellent. I like its pose and the light is beautiful bringing out the sharp details and fine colours. Personally I would have placed it slightly off centre with more space ahead of the bird.
TFS and regards, Ulla

HI Annick,
a nice and well composed picture with soft and nice light.
The sharpness is good with fine details and the DOF is good too, the bird standsout well.
Well done.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-07 12:33]

Wonderful composition, detail and sharpness. Nice colors. Well done!

Hi Annick
Beautiful bird. Nice, natural photo. I like nettles on the foreground. Great green OOF buckground and the colors (absolutely fantastic colors).
Best wishes

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-07 13:30]

Hi Annick..What a fine looking bird. very sharp detail with natural colours. the feathers stand out so well. a nice POV/DOF. very well done TFS.
Have a good weekend.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-09-07 15:33]

Handsome specimen. A really amazing capture in the wild, too. The focus and lighting are great, and the DoF isolates him well. Nice crop, too.

Hi Annick,
Fine duck image.
great detail and color

Hi Annick,
Is this an escapee then as the vegetation looks very European?
Beautiful picture even if the bird is a bit central.
Well done,

Bonjour Annik, très jolie ouette, la photo est très réussie, super focus et couleurs naturelles très bien rendues, belle composition,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-08 12:59]

Hi Annick

I do like these Egyptian Geese. There is a lovely family of these in Richmond and they had a big brood of chicks this year. I love the setting for this one. The low POV and the view through the greenery is lovely. Wonderful DOF, nice sharpness and good framing



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-09 0:48]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful profile shot with fine details and colours. Among the greens it stands out elegantly and looks beautiful. Great DOF and I like your POV to capture this fine pose. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Beautiful shot - and a glimpse into the environment, too! Intricate detail in the plumage. Well done with a great DOF. A genuine Vanderschelden!!
Cheers, Klaus

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