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Bar Headed Geese: Family

Bar Headed Geese: Family
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-08-07 5:10
Viewed: 3505
Points: 4
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Shot this family of bar headed geese from a distance of almost 150 meters at Tso Moriri lake.

The bar-headed goose (Anser indicus) gets its common named from the two bars of brownish-black colored feathers that wrap around the back of its head. This goose has a light grey body, white on its face and neck, orange legs, and bill. Its feet are webbed and it has broad wings. Adults, on average, grow to lengths of 30in and weights of 4lb-6.5lb.
Female bar-headed geese lay 4-6 white eggs per clutch, the eggs require about 27 days to incubate. In the wild, bar-headed geese breed in Central Asia (southeast Russia, northern India and western China) and migrates over the Himalayas to over-winter in India and northern Burma.


The Tso Moriri lake in the Changthang area of Ladakh was declared as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 2003. The lake now has the distinction of being the highest Ramsar site in the world surpassing Salar de Tara in Chile.

The lake is approximately 19 kms long and 7 kms wide and is located at an altitude of 4595 meters above sea level. It is fed by a number of small glacial streams and has no external drainage. This fact coupled with a high rate of evaporation, has resulted in the waters being brackish and bereft of any life.

The lake is the only breeding ground outside of China for one of the most endangered cranes, the Black-necked crane Grus nigricollis, Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Common Redshank (Tringa tetanus), Brown headed gull (Larus brunnicephalus), Lesser sand plover (Charadius mongolus) and Great crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) and the sole breeding ground for bar-headed geese in India. The area also forms a nesting ground for the main nesting site for the Bar Headed Geese and the Brown Headed Gull. Tsomoriri has been designated as a Ramsar Site in November 2002.

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hello Subhash

again you choosed i difficult photo to shoot from a big distance,
there is excellent details of the birds and the waves
are adding a plus to the image rendering it dynamic,



Only one of a few images on TN of this aviary and a good family shot Subhash. I a mmost pleased that you directed me to this image. I would be humbled if you would allow me to workshop it just a bit..

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