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Family of 4

Family of 4
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital), Canon 2x extender II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-05 14:36
Viewed: 3529
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I usually do not photograph this bird as it is so common everywhere in city parks. Yet I made an exeption for that one as it is wild, as I loved the pose (the wing stretching), as I loved the background, and as I loved the discrete goslings under the wing arch.
So here you go:

(Branta canadensis, bernache du canada)
It is native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, having a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body.
In recent years, Canada Geese populations in some areas have grown substantially, so much so that many consider them pests (for their droppings, the bacteria in their droppings, noise and confrontational behavior).
Canada Geese have reached northern Europe naturally, as has been proved by ringing recoveries. Canada Geese are also found naturally on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia, eastern China, and throughout Japan. Canada Geese were introduced as a game bird into New Zealand and have also become a problem in some areas.
Like most geese, the Canada Goose is naturally migratory. In mild climates, some of the population has become non-migratory.
Canada Geese are herbivores although they sometimes eat small insects and fish.
They are monogamous, and most couples stay together all of their lives.

Slight crop on the left. Slight use of "levels".
Sharpening applied only to area in focus after resizing for TN.

Thanks for looking,

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