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White-fronted Goose

White-fronted Goose
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-13 1:07
Viewed: 3246
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult White-fronted Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

In: Greater White-fronted Goose Ca: Oca riallera grossa Da: Blisgås De: Blässgans Es: Ansar careto Fi: tundrahanhi Fr: Oie rieuse It: Oca lombardella Nl: Kolgans No: Tundragås Pt: Ganso-de-testa-branca Sv: Bläsgås US: Greater White-fronted Goose Ru: Белолобый гусь

The White-front on this goose is found only on its forehead and not as you might expect, on its chest. Geese of other species may sometimes show a thin line of white around the base of the bill but only in the White-front does this make a conspicuous splodge. Unfortunately, juveniles don't have white fronts at all. They don't look as dark on the head and neck as Pink-feet or Bean Geese and their bill shape is similar to a Greylag's. However, White-fronts have a smaller bill, orange legs and a dark facial area in front of the eye. In flight their white face patches and black lines across the belly eliminate the other species.

Winters on fields, wet grassland, saltmarshes and estuaries.

The nominate race leaves breeding grounds from late August-September, often arriving at wintering grounds as late as December, having stopped off at various sites en-route. The Greenland race usually arrives in Britain in October, departing in April.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-13 3:47]

Hello Pekka,

Wonderfull shot of this beauty with Very good photographic details! Well done friend!
Best regards,

Looking VERY friendly not the least camera shy...Very nice pose...a bit light in contrast? No...just my eyes in themorning perhaps...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-13 10:31]

Hi Pekka,

A lovely picture of this pretty goose with the nice reflections. The colors and shadings are beautiful. I love the neck feathers and the fine details of the wings. I find this to be a very serene picture.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-13 23:08]

Hello Pekka

A lovely shot of this White Fronted Goose - nice detail and well handled exposure.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-14 13:26]

Hi again! :-)
Another very good Goose shot.
You show this White-fronted Goose very clearly.
Great composition.
Well exposed.
Nice amount of detail.

Well done Pekka!


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